1996 News Story

King Fahd receives U.S. Defense Secretary Perry

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz received visiting U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry in Jeddah yesterday.   In attendance were Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Interior, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Minister, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, and a number of other princes and high officials.

Earlier, Secretary Perry had visited the site of the explosion last Tuesday which killed 19 Americans.   On his arrival at Dhahran International Airport, he made a statement highlighting the existing military cooperation between the Kingdom and the United States, saying that he had come for two reasons:  to thank the forces that have been implementing United Nations Resolutions, and to enhance cooperation with Saudi officials in ensuring the future safety of Americans residing in the Kingdom.  He declared that the car bomb incident would have no effect on Saudi-American relations, and noted that investigations to find the culprits are in full progress.