Saudi Ambassador Speaks on Saudi-U.S. Relations
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir participated in the Ambassador's Roundtable at the 18th annual National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) Conference. The two-day conference is entitled, "Fresh Visions, Old Realities, New Possibilities: The Impact of Leadership Change on Arab-U.S. Relations." (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091015/DC93606 ) The roundtable featured Ambassador Al-Jubeir, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Brigadier General James B. Smith, and former U.S. Ambassadors to the Kingdom Walter L. Cutler, Chas Freeman, Jr., James C. Oberwetter, and Robert Jordan. Ambassador Al-Jubeir and Ambassador Smith emphasized the strength and importance of the Saudi-U.S. relationship, including in areas of counterterrorism, regional security and trade and investment. "Our countries face a number of mutual challenges in the region and they work together closely to overcome them," Ambassador Al-Jubeir said, adding "we speak to each other clearly, we consult intensely and we try to engage others in order resolve problems. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a history of seeking stability and security and peace in our region and in our world," said Ambassador Al-Jubeir. Ambassador Al-Jubeir noted the Arab Peace Initiative, the interfaith dialogue and the launching of the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology, a major research university, as examples of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz's commitment to peace, dialogue, understanding, and knowledge. Speaking on the multi-faceted nature of the Saudi-U.S. relationship Ambassador Smith said, "It's an era of hope and opportunity...for most every challenge facing this nation [United States] there is a crossroad in Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] that we have to use. And think of the words that our President [Obama] used which were listen, respect, trust." On the evening of the first day of the conference Ambassador Al-Jubeir hosted a reception for all participants and guests at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC. SOURCE Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Information Office Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Information Office, +1-202-337-4076
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