Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, left Sirte today after a two-day official visit to Libya. On his departure, he sent a cable to Libyan Leader Col. Muammar al-Gadhafi, saying: "This visit to our second country has given us an opportunity to which we have long looked forward, to see our family and brothers in this dear country. Although the visit was short in terms of time, it has great depth in terms of meaning and goals. This visit reaffirms deep roots of unity and ties between members of one body, linked by the past, present and future and by bonds of joint goals, cohesion, religion and kinship. ….. On this basis, your brothers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will always be with you in good and bad times as they feel your pains. The people of Saudi Arabia have supported their brothers in Libya when the chance arose, by working hard and silently, far away from any publicity, until the mission succeeded and came out of the dark tunnel. Moreover, this could not have happened without the positive cooperation and understanding which was displayed by all sides and especially, you yourself, in what you have realized through your good judgement and wisdom and for the benefit of your country."
Earlier, Crown Prince Abdullah met with Col. Gadhafi in Sirte. During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed relations between the two countries and ways of bolstering cooperation. They then toured the Sirte water storage facility, which is fed by 'nehr al-azeem' (the Great River), and watched models of how pipes are being used to transfer the water.
On arrival at Damascus airport on a state visit to the Syrian Arab Republic, Crown Prince Abdullah was welcomed by Syrian President Hafiz Al-Asad and a number of Syrian officials, including Prime Minister Mahmoud Zubi.