Japan and Saudi Arabia are building closer ties. State oil giant Aramco is considering a listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and Japan has agreed to help support the Gulf state as it tries to diversify its economy.
King Salman is the first Saudi monarch to visit Japan in 46 years. He met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Monday. They agreed Japanese investment and technical assistance could help reduce Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil exports.
Abe asked that Saudi Aramco be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. If listed, the firm's initial public offering would be one of the largest ever.
The two leaders agreed to hold high-level talks to promote security, and they signed a cooperation deal — the Japan-Saudi Vision 2030.