2004 News Story

Visit of U.K.’s Foreign Secretary Jack Straw

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received in Riyadh today Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Jack Straw, who arrived yesterday on a visit to the Kingdom. Secretary Straw was also received by Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, and held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal. At a press conference today with Secretary Straw and British Ambassador to the Kingdom Sherard Cowper-Coles, Prince Saud Al-Faisal confirmed that the ties binding the two countries are firm, close and deep-rooted. For example, he said, the two countries share identical viewpoints on Iraq, and are ready to help make Iraq a stable and prosperous country. Secretary Straw also met today with Chairman of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) Shaikh Dr. Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid, who noted that relations between the two country had been established on mutual respect and common interest.