Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, yesterday received the presidents of the major U.S. oil companies, with whom he exchanged cordial talks and reviewed issues pertaining to petroleum affairs. Attending the meeting were Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Finance Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi, and other members of the Crown Prince’s delegation.
Crown Prince Abdullah yesterday hosted a luncheon in honor of former President George Bush, with whom he exchanged cordial talks and discussed bilateral relations between the two countries. The reception was attended by former U.S. national security advisor General Brent Scowcroft, and by Director of the National Guard Bureau in the United States Prince Mu’taz Ibn Saud Ibn Abdul Aziz, in addition to the Crown Prince's accompanying delegation.
Crown Prince Abdullah also received yesterday Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who conveyed to him greetings from Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber Al-Sabah; and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Ibn Mubarak Al-Khalifa, who conveyed to him greetings from Bahraini Emir Sheikh Eisa Ibn Salman Al-Khalifa. Both meetings were attended by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, and Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, as well as members of the accompanying delegation.
Yesterday evening, Crown Prince Abdullah attended a reception in his honor at the Saudi Islamic Academy in Alexandria, Northern Virginia. Speaking on the occasion, the Crown Prince urged the students to adhere to the teachings of Islam. For his part, Cultural Attache Dr. Mazeed Al-Mazeed reiterated the concern of the Embassy’s cultural office to provide all Saudi students in the United States with services and facilities. Director-General of the Academy Dr. Saad Al-Adwani highlighted the important educational role being played by the Academy, noting that the student body includes not only Saudis, but a number of other Arabs and Muslims, and that the curriculum offers Islamic education and Arabic language in addition to the regular American syllabus, at all levels from kindergarten to secondary.
Meanwhile, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz commented that the joint communiqué issued on Friday at the end of the official state visit of Crown Prince Abdullah to the United States of America was very clear about the issue of the peace process in the Middle East. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is concerned about the issue of Jerusalem, and the Crown Prince insisted on mentioning this in the joint communiqué.
[full text of joint communiqué]