At a reception in Washington DC yesterday marking the 200th anniversary of its establishment, the Library
of Congress was presented with a commemorative book from the Kingdom entitled 'Gifts of the Desert'.
The book was given by Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, who is head of the National Commission for Wildlife
Development and Conservation as well as Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation
and Inspector-General. The presentation was made by Ambassador Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Kattan on behalf
of Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz. The reception was
attended by some 500 people, including representatives from the U.S. administration and from Congress.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Kattan highlighted the distinguished relations that exist between
Saudis and Americans, based on principles of mutual respect and common interests, observing that both
countries are concerned with enhancing the pillars of global peace, stability and prosperity. He went on to
point out the great attention the Kingdom gives to the environment, declaring that this is advocated by
Islam, and adding that Saudi Arabia has been working to realize a balance between industrial development
and environmental protection.