Vice-President Al Gore today met Prince Sultan - Saudi Arabia’s Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation - at the conclusion of the Prince’s visit to Washington. The Vice-President and Prince Sultan reviewed the results of several highly productive meetings which were held at the Departments of Defense, State, Energy, Commerce, and the Treasury earlier in the week. They noted with satisfaction the agreements and accomplishments achieved in each of these discussions, including the establishment of a Direct Telephone Link between the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the Saudi Minister of Defense, agreement to stand firmly against any threats to the peace, security and tranquillity of the region, reaffirmation of the strategic importance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the world oil market and its role as a secure, dependable and reliable oil exporter, and the importance of cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
The Vice-President and Prince Sultan used the occasion of their meeting to discuss in greater detail how the United States and Saudi Arabia can cooperate more closely on the climate treaty talks. They agreed that the two countries will establish a regular channel of communication on this issue which will include high-level exchanges between scientific and policy experts.
They also noted the expanding trade and commercial ties that benefit both economies and reaffirmed both countries’ commitment to increase participation of U.S. companies in the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In addition, His Royal Highness appreciated the general support and backing of the U.S. government for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s accession to the World Trade Organization. Both countries are also determined to revitalize the work of the Joint Economic Commission and expand its activities, and look forward to utilizing this positive method of consultation.
At the conclusion of their meeting, the Vice-President gave to Prince Sultan a letter inviting Crown Prince Abdullah to visit Washington at a mutually convenient time.