Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, arrived in Hawaii yesterday from Washington DC, en route to China for an official visit there. On arrival at Honolulu International Airport, he was greeted by Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz and a number of officials.
Meanwhile, Crown Prince Abdullah has sent a cable to U.S. President Bill Clinton, expressing this thanks and appreciation to him for the warm reception during his stay in the United States. The Crown Prince sent a similar cable of thanks and appreciation to Vice President Al Gore.
In his cable to President Clinton, Crown Prince Abdullah expressed pride in the historic and strong ties between the Kingdom and the United States dating from the meeting between King Abdul Aziz and President Franklin Roosevelt. He declared: “We look forward to enhancing these bilateral relations on wider domains and a more comprehensive scale in various fields for the mutual benefit of our two countries. We look forward to peace and security in the world as well as justice for humanitarian causes. This visit has given us a chance to renew contacts with you and other senior officials of the United States. It has also provided us with the opportunity to discuss developing cooperation and relations between our two countries, and to exchange points of view related to regional and international issues of mutual interest as well as to strengthen the basis of security and peace in order to accomplish stability and prosperity for social and economic developments not only the Middle East but in the entire world.”
The Crown Prince went on to express confidence that the two sides would achieve, with God's blessings, what they desire, saying: “I would like to express my appreciation for the efforts made by the Government of the United States to break the current deadlock in the Middle East peace process. We are looking forward to greater efforts in this direction, towards implementation of the relevant United Nations resolutions.”
In the morning yesterday, prior to his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Crown Prince Abdullah received former U.S. ambassadors to Saudi Arabia James Akins and Charles Freeman, with whom he exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of mutual interest. The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and other officials.