Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, left Tokyo today after a three-day state visit to Japan. At the conclusion of the visit,a joint communiqué was issued. Prior to his departure, he was received by Emperor Akihito, to whom he conveyed greetings from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, and on whom he bestowed the King Abdul Aziz Medal, as a token of the friendly relations that exist between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Japan. Emperor Akihito then hosted a luncheon in honor of Crown Prince Abdullah, which was attended by Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, and a number of senior officials.
The Crown Prince also met today with former Japanese Prime Minister Hashimoto, and with the Chairman and members of the Arab-Japanese League in the Japanese parliament. Yesterday, it was announced that Crown Prince Abdullah had donated U.S. $ 250,000 to the society for Japanese Muslims. Last night, the Crown Prince attended a dinner party in his honor hosted by Japan's Heir Apparent Naruhito, and earlier dedicated the new 12-storey building in Tokyo that will house the chancery, consulate and information center of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Japan.