1996 News Story

King Hussein of Jordan on State visit to Saudi Arabia

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz yesterday held a meeting with King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan, who is on a state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The meeting was attended by 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 Faisal Bin Fahd, General President of Youth Welfare;  and a number of senior officials of the Saudi and Jordanian governments.

King Fahd personally welcomed King Hussein on his arrival last Friday at King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah.   Yesterday, King Fahd hosted a dinner in honor of the Jordanian monarch and his accompanying delegation. Today, King Hussein met with Crown Prince Abdullah before leaving for a short visit to Madinah, where he offered prayers at the Mosque of the Prophet.

On his return home, King Hussein said that he was delighted by the great cordiality and brotherhood shown to him by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and by Crown Prince Abdullah and Prince Sultan, as well as by members of the Saudi royal family, the Saudi government, and the Saudi people.   The Jordanian monarch referred to such meetings as very useful, and reported that all issues were discussed, especially those concerning the region and the joint responsibility towards the upcoming generation, adding:  “The talks between us also dealt with issues related to economic cooperation between our two countries.”   Describing the outcome of his talks with King Fahd as “excellent”, he said they hold identical views, and confirmed that there is a general desire in the region for the need to complete the process of a lasting and just solution for peace in the Middle East.  Stating his conviction that relations between Jordan and Saudi Arabia are friendly and ideal, he commended the Kingdom’s support for Jordan in all fields, and praised the existing cooperation between the two countries in the area of security.  “As Arabs”, King Hussein said, “we have to be united within the greater Arab Nation, focusing on promotion of understanding, accord, and cooperation among us all.  The high level of responsibility now is to adhere to this goal of unity.”

Jordanian newspapers today welcomed the outcome of last night’s meeting between King Fahd and King Hussein, calling it a new page in the concrete and deep-rooted ties between the two countries.   Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Karim Kabariti, who had accompanied King Hussein on his visit, issued a statement commending the existing relations between Saudi Arabia and Jordan, and affirming that there would be further strengthening of bilateral relations and cooperation in all sectors for the benefit of the people of the two countries.  He said that Jordan looks forward to enhancing cooperation with Saudi Arabia in political, economic, social and security fields and praised the wise leadership of King Fahd, who is distinguished for his far-sightedness and clear desire to unify the Arab ranks.