Ukraine president thanks Saudi crown prince for prisoner release efforts

RIYADH: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday for his mediation and facilitation efforts in securing the release of ten foreign prisoners from Russia.

The crown prince spoke to Zelensky during a phone call, during which he said the Kingdom was ready to exert all efforts to mediate between all parties related to the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Prince Mohammed reaffirmed the country’s continued efforts to contribute to alleviating the humanitarian effects resulting from the conflict.

Zelensky wrote on Twitter: “We discussed Ukraine’s energy security, post-war recovery and joint investment projects.”

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that the crown prince’s successful mediation efforts demonstrated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to global peace and security, and its belief in the importance of dialogue.

“The Kingdom is grateful for the cooperation and goodwill shown by Ukraine and Russia toward the Crown Prince’s mediation efforts to secure the release of POWs from five nations,” he said.

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