1996 Public Statement

HRH Prince Saud Al Faisal meets with President Clinton

During a meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 1996, President Bill Clinton of the United States of America, reviewed with His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al Faisal, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the close and excellent Saudi-American relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

On bilateral relations, they expressed satisfaction with the convergence of the political will of both countries to continue reinforcing fruitful cooperation in various fields and with the level of consultation and coordination between them.

On the situation in Iraq, they noted the commitment of both governments to the full and strict implementation of Security Council Resolutions relevant to the Iraqi aggression against the State of Kuwait, and expressed satisfaction with the continued cooperation between the countries of the international coalition pursuing the implementation of these resolutions. They reiterated the extreme importance attached by both governments to the continued solidity and strength of the international coalition, the preservation of the unity and territorial integrity of Iraq, and the relieving of the suffering of the Iraqi people.

On the peace process in the Middle East, identical views were expressed on the importance of safeguarding the process from stagnation or setbacks. This underlines the necessity to resume bilateral negotiations on all tracks on the basis and principles of the Madrid conference and to fully implement all agreements and undertakings reached so far within the framework of the peace process. In this regard, special importance was given to the provision of moral and financial support to the National Palestinian Authority and to the prompt completion of the implementation of the interim status agreements as well as to the resumption of the final status negotiations and the provision of an appropriate environment to ensure their success.