Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard flew from Morocco yesterday, and was welcomed at Sirte airport in Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya by Major-General AbuBakr Younis Jabber and Major-General Mustapha Al-Kharoubi, both members of the General People's Committee. The Crown Prince's delegation includes Prince Nawaf Bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Governor of Jouf Province Abdul-Illah Bin Abdul Aziz, and Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz.
Speaking last night on the occasion of a dinner reception in his honor given by Revolutionary Leader Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi, Crown Prince Abdullah underscored the importance of closing Arab ranks in order to be able to confront the challenges that face the Arab world, saying: "Through Arab solidarity, we will be able to overcome all difficulties." He made reference to the duty-free zone being promoted by the League of Arab States, and urged efforts for the realization of this project.
Col. Al-Gadhafi praised the role played by Saudi Arabia in the settlement of the Lockerbie affair, especially the efforts made by Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Prince Bandar. In recognition of the Crown Prince's role in this, President Ghaddafi awarded him the Al-Fatih Medal. Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Prince Bandar also received medals.
Saudi Ambassador to Libya Badr Bin Othman Bakhsh gave a statement today underlining the importance of Crown Prince Abdullah's visit to Libya, saying that both the Saudi and the Libyan leaders are anxious to enhance bilateral relations.