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FILE - Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2019. Bin Salman, who is commonly referred to by his initials MBS, arrived in Cairo, Monday, June 20, 2022, the first leg of a Middle East tour that comes ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s trip to the region the following month. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi received bin Salman at the airport, a courtesy to the de-facto leader who is a steady financial backer of the Egyptian government. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the newly appointed Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS).

Buhari’s congratulatory message is contained in a press statement signed Wednesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.

The new appointment is combined with the position of Defence Minister, the first ever in the history of the Kingdom.

Buhari said the government and the people of Nigeria looked forward to working with him to further deepen and expand excellent bilateral relations.

The President expressed confidence that with ‘the dynamic and visionary leadership of the government by the Prime Minister under the guidance of his father, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the comprehensive strategic partnership of the two states will continue to blossom.”

King Abdulaziz is the ruler of the Saudi Kingdom and Custodian of the two Holy Mosques.

Buhari prayed to Allah to increase the health and wisdom of King Salman, while wishing him a successful tenure in office.