Foreign Minister Kurz Met Adel al-Jubeir and King Salman bin Abdulaziz

Published: November 27, 2015; 00:30 · (FriedlNews)

During his first visit to Saudi Arabia, Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz was received both by his Saudi Arabian counterpart Adel al-Jubeir, as well as King Salman bin Abdulaziz. The talks included besides bilateral issues - which also include economic relations - the future of Syria, the danger of the "Islamic State" and human rights.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir: There is no change in the Saudi position. / Picture: © Wikipedia / Georgethewriter

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has visited incoming Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. It was his first visit to Riyadh.

Relations between Austria and Saudi Arabia have seen better times than last year, in which the discussions about the King-Abdullah-Dialog-Center (KAICIID) in Vienna, about corporal punishment in Saudi Arabia and about the blogger Raif Badawi have led to tensions.

Al-Jubeir only became foreign minister by the end of April 2015, but both know each other already from the Syria Talks in Vienna, where al-Jubeir was repeated times.

The talks covered bilateral issues including economic relations, the future of Syria, the danger of the "Islamic State" and human rights.

However, the big issue is Syria. To move forward with the "Syria Talks" in Vienna, in any event, it requires the support of Saudi Arabia.

In addition, Vienna strives to remain the venue for the "Syria Talks' of the new International Syria Support Group (ISSG).

Riyadh has been appointed by the ISSG with the task to bring together - for the first time - the disparate Syrian opposition.

Jubeir stressed that Saudi Arabia firmly sticks to it, that the Syrian President Assad should play no role in the future:

"Assad would either resign or be overthrown militarily." It's the same position that he has recently taken in an interview with the BBC. "There is no change in the Saudi position."