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Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Province, concluded a several days’ official visit to Germany.

At Tegel Airport, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was seen off by Prince Dr. Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz; Prince Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ayyaf Al Miqren, Mayor of Riyadh Province; Saudi Ambassador to Germany Dr. Osama Shobokshi; and a number of officials.

Prince Salman had been was awarded 'Kant Medal' by Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in appreciation of his contributions to the field of science.

Prince Salman received the medal during an award ceremony held in Berlin by the Academy and attended by a group of German scientists and academics last week.

Upon his arrival to the venue, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was received by the Academy's President Gunter Stock and a number of officials.

On this occasion, the President of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities delivered a speech in which he welcomed Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, highlighting the Prince's role in encouraging science and knowledge.

For his part, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz delivered a speech in which he thanked German officials and scientific institutions for the warm reception and hospitality, thanking the Academy for awarding him this medal.

The award ceremony was attended by the official delegation accompanying Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz; Saudi Ambassador to Germany Dr. Osama Shobokshi; and a number of officials.

Prince Salman and German Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle discussed ways of achieving greater cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Germany in a meeting in Berlin on Tuesday.

Prince Salman expressed his happiness to visit Germany, underscoring the existing cooperation between the two countries. Westerwelle said the prince’s visit would promote further cooperation between the two countries.

The prince and his accompanying delegation also attended a luncheon hosted by the German foreign minister in his honor.

The delegation also included Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Prince Salman also visited the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin on Tuesday. The prince was welcomed to the museum by its director, Stefan Fier. The prince also signed the museum’s register of important visitors. He was also briefed on the museum's rare exhibits of Islamic art from various countries dating back from the eighth century until the 19th century.

The exhibit includes collections of ancient oriental carpets and rare copies of the Holy Qur’an written in various styles.

Among the most notable displays is the front of an ancient Umayyad palace in Jordan, presented by the last sultan of the Ottoman Caliphate, Sultan Abdul Hamid II, to the last emperor of Germany, Emperor Wilhelm II.

The museum was founded by Director of Museums in the German Empire Guillaume von Bode in 1904.

On Monday, Prince Salman and Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit went in a convoy to the headquarters of the Municipal Council of Berlin. On the way, the prince and the mayor stopped at Brandenburg Gate, one of the main landmarks of Berlin and Germany.

During the reception at the Municipal Council, the prince called for greater cooperation between the two countries noting that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Abdullah’s visit to Germany in 2007 and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visits to the Kingdom had greatly boosted relations between the two countries.

The prince also invited the mayor of Berlin to visit Riyadh.

During a visit to the Technology Center in Berlin on Monday, Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman said the Kingdom and Germany enjoy excellent relations and expressed hopes to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries in scientific research.

"Cooperation is beneficial to both countries, and we hope to strengthen cooperation, especially in the field of scientific research.

“The Kingdom’s universities, institutes and technical centers are capable of collaborating with research centers in Germany," Prince Salman said.

Prince Salman arrived in the Federal Republic of Germany on an official visit after completing his tour of Norway on Sunday.

The prince was briefed on the Technology Center and technological development in Germany, particularly in the area of renewable energy. The prince also viewed the various stages of the manufacture of solar energy panels.

The prince was accompanied by Jens Heuer, undersecretary of the Ministry of Economics and Technology and Women's Affairs in Berlin.

In a meeting with businessmen at the Technology Center, the prince said, “I'm happy today to be with you and to start my visit to Berlin.

“I am delighted to be in Berlin, which was divided when I first visited it.”

Relations between Saudi Arabia and the Federal Republic of Germany are old and strong, the cooperation between them is ongoing, the prince said.

The prince hoped for further meetings between Saudi and German scientists in the future.

“The Kingdom, thank God, like Germany enjoys a state of stability and security. Its economy is free and attractive for investment from anywhere. It doors are open for competition,” the prince said.

Prince Salman also paid a visit to Norway, where he met King Harald V at the royal palace in Oslo last week. King Harald wished the prince a good stay in Norway, while the prince conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

Riyadh has begun the process of setting up a Saudi embassy in Oslo following Prince Salman’s announcement on Thursday that the two countries are to further cement diplomatic ties.

The prince also met with Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Store.

The establishment of the Saudi embassy aims to further boost good relations between the two countries.

The prince also attended a dinner hosted by Norway’s Minister of Research and Higher Education Tora Aasland. During the meeting, the minister expressed her wish to send students from her country to the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology and also welcomed the prospect of Saudi students studying in Norway.

Prince Salman also met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who commended the efforts of Saudi Arabia to achieve world peace, particularly with its initiative of interfaith dialogue.

The prince emphasized the existing cordial relations between the two countries. The prince also called for increased mutual visits by officials and businessmen of both countries.

He added that Norwegian students were welcome to study at the Kingdom's universities.

Prince Salman also referred to the achievements of Saudi Arabia in the field of higher education, citing the examples of King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) and King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).

Riyadh has begun the process of setting up a Saudi Embassy in Oslo following Prince Salman’s announcement on Thursday that the two countries are to further cement diplomatic ties.

The prince also met with Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Store. He attended a dinner hosted by Norway's Minister of Research and Higher Education Tora Aasland. During the meeting the minister expressed her wish to send students from her country to KAUST and said she would welcome Saudi students to Norway.

Following talks with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahs Store, the Saudi Governor of Riyadh, underlined his country’s clear policy in all fields during his recent visit to Oslo, indicating that Riyadh only wants the best for everybody and that it takes a fair stance on international issues.

Commenting on the Norwegian Foreign Minister’s question at a joint press conference about Saudi Arabia’s role in Afghanistan and the importance of it having a role to play, Prince Salman said, “Allow me to say, without arrogance, that Saudi Arabia is not searching for a role but rather it is the role that is pursuing Saudi Arabia. We are watching events in Afghanistan closely and we hope for stability for Afghanistan. This is what we strive towards.”

Prince Salman also emphasized that Saudi Arabia wants to give the Palestinians their rights under the resolutions of international legitimacy and wants stability for everybody and for everybody to be given their rights.

Prince Salman and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store held a meeting in Oslo on Thursday.

During his visit, the governor of Riyadh, Prince Salman, announced that approval has been given to open a Saudi embassy in Norway. The prince also visited the headquarters of Norwegian parliament in Oslo.

Prince Salman also attended a dinner party that was held by Norway’s Minister of Research and Higher Education Tora Aasland on Thursday evening in honor of the prince.