1996 News Story

U.S. Ambassador interviewed by Saudi newspaper

In a special supplement published today by the Saudi Gazette, United States Ambassador to the Kingdom Wyche Fowler commented on the more than half a century of Saudi-U.S. partnership, dating back to the historic meeting between King Abdul Aziz and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt which transformed a developing diplomatic and commercial relationship between the two countries into a deepening friendship which, he said: "has been animated by a spirit of cooperation in many fields of endeavor and has been based on mutual respect and goodwill". Ambassador Fowler went on to say he had recently participated in conferences for American business leaders interested in opportunities in the Middle East, and told them: "My message: business in Saudi Arabia is good, and is going to get even better. Come to the Cairo Economic Summit November 12-14 and you'll see!" Ambassador Fowler remarked that he was looking forward to traveling widely in the Kingdom and getting to know "this fascinating land and its gracious people", and stated his intention to dedicate himself to forging ever closer relations between the two countries and peoples.

The 64-page newspaper supplement contains interviews and viewpoints by prominent Americans knowledgeable about the Kingdom, and deals with trade tips on leading sectors for U.S. exports and investments as well as information on Saudi Arabia as a major producer and processor of foodstuffs, notably a wide range of locally-made soft drinks and snacks, meat and poultry products, and canned fruits and vegetables. It also deals with the investment climate, covering incentives, the economic offset program, and regulations on exchange transactions, as well as how industry is being promoted, and the function of the U.S.-Saudi Business Council.