2005 Press Release

Saudi Ambassador calls for closer US-Saudi cooperation, greater cultural understanding

[Washington, DC] -- Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Turki Al-Faisal today called for a continued focus on promoting political, economic and security cooperation between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and greater cultural understanding between both nations in a speech delivered at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

In his remarks, Prince Turki stated: “As two nations that are of critical importance to global issues today, the United States and Saudi Arabia share a responsibility to promote understanding where none exists, broker peace where it has been seldom seen, and strengthen our own common bonds of friendship and cooperation.”

The Ambassador cited key areas in the Middle East region where the U.S. and Saudi Arabia share an interest in pursuing peace and stability.  He also advised:  “The effort [Saudi Arabia and the U.S.] spend to help others – the Iraqis, the Palestinians and Israelis, and the Afghans – however, should be coupled with efforts spent to improve our own relations.”

Prince Turki continued: “While there are certainly differences between [the Kingdom and the U.S.], our common attributes far outweigh them.  If this were not the case, we would not have the long history as friends and partners that we do – in business, trade, energy, fighting the war on terrorism, or seeking a stable and peaceful Middle East.”

For the complete text of Prince Turki’s speech, please visit www.saudiembassy.net.