Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation, yesterday conferred at the White House with U.S. Vice-President Al Gore. After the meeting, which was attended by Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi Ambassador in Washington DC, Prince Sultan said the discussion had been a continuation of his earlier meeting with President Clinton, and focused on environmental issues, to which the Kingdom has been giving considerable importance, a fact that has attracted worldwide appreciation.
It is worth noting that the same day, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Dr. Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Al-Jarallah arrived in Washington DC to take part in a conference on protection of the environment organized by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). The twelve-day international gathering aims at finding a global executive program for the protection of the marine environment from man-made pollution.
In reply to questions concerning his evaluation of his visit to the United States, Prince Sultan said this had two aspects: the first, representing the Kingdom at the golden jubilee celebrations of the United Nations, and the second, visiting Washington DC in response to an invitation from U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry. Whatever had been reviewed with senior U.S. officials, he said, had been in the interest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, praising the reception and hospitality accorded him during his stay in the United States.