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Saudi Arabia building support for Expo 2030 bid – Al-Monitor


Saudi Arabia received more endorsements for its bid to host Expo 2030. Djibouti announced its support for the Saudi capital Riyadh hosting the event in 2030, the official Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday. 
Djibouti’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dya-Eddine Said Bamakhrama, said the endorsement is “based on the close fraternal ties” between the two countries. He also mentioned the kingdom’s “huge potential” in a statement published by the agency. 
Zambia also endorsed the Saudi bid, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a tweet today. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan called his Zambian counterpart Stanley Kakubo to thank him for the support, according to the ministry. 
The Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions hosts a world fair every five years at different locations around the world. Countries bid on hosting the expos, but entities from anywhere can participate wherever the event takes place. Expo 2020, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently taking place in Dubai. The 2025 expo has already been awarded to Osaka, Japan. 
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the bid in October of 2021. In November, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation pledged its support for Saudi Arabia. 
In addition to Djibouti and Zambia, several other African states have pledged support for the endeavor. Earlier this week, Morocco also endorsed the Saudi bid. Mauritania likewise voiced its support Tuesday. 
The Expo 2020 in nearby Dubai has been a success so far, leading to more tourist arrivals to the United Arab Emirates’ largest city and at least 10 million visitors in total. 
Saudi Arabia has also been active at the Dubai Expo. Last month, a Saudi business group announced a plan at the expo for cultivating economic ties with Russia. 
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