Sheikh Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi, a Saudi-born millionaire from Ethiopia, is pictured sitting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed; the images are making the rounds on social media.
Mr. Ahmed Shide, the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor, Ambassador Redwan Hussein, and the PM’s chief intelligence officer, Temesgen Tiruneh, met Ethiopia’s wealthiest person in Riyadh while attending the Saudi-African Leader Summit.
The billionaire was among many high-profile captives who were sleeping on mattresses on the floor of a well secured ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh when they were apprehended in November 2017 by Saudi authorities.
However, he was soon freed, but he has never visited Ethiopia, and it is unclear what he is doing there or why the Saudi government forbids him from leaving the country.
At the first-ever business meeting in Riyadh, agreements worth approximately 500 million euros are expected to be signed by Saudi Arabia and African nations.PM Abiy is also attending the three-day summit, which got underway on Friday and aims to strengthen investment and political ties in addition to tackling challenges to regional security.