2004 News Story

Ambassador comments on Saudi Festival held near London, U.K.

A two-day ‘Saudi Days’ Festival was held this weekend near London in the United Kingdom, exhibiting Saudi antiques, handicrafts, Arabian camels and horses, and displays of traditional dancing. In a statement to BBC television today, Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland Prince Turki Al-Faisal commented that the Festival’s aim is to acquaint the British public with Saudi lifestyle, culture, and heritage, and to correct wrong ideas about the Kingdom. He reviewed Saudi Arabia’s role in the war against terrorism, and the advances made by the Kingdom over the past three decades, noting that Saudi women have successfully participated in services to society.

On Saudi-British relations, Prince Turki commented that commerce between the two countries is growing, in spite of the recent acts of terrorism in the Kingdom. British exports, he said, have increased by 30 percent in the last three years, while Saudi exports to Britain increased by 10 percent over the same period.