Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Turki Al-Faisal met with a group of students from the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars at the Saudi Embassy in Washington today.
Prince Turki spoke about the various aspects of his job as ambassador, which include engaging the US government, the media and the American people. He noted that there are many misperceptions about Saudi Arabia in the US – and vice versa – and that he hopes to dispel stereotypes on both sides.
Prince Turki commented on his recent listening tour through the United States, and noted how rewarding the tour was on both a personal and diplomatic level. He said he found Americans to be very hospitable, and that he welcomed the frank conversations he held with people throughout the country.
The ambassador also gave a brief overview of Saudi Arabia, including its special role as the birthplace of Islam and the Arab people, as well as the US-Saudi relationship and the cooperation between both nations on all levels, particularly counterterrorism.
In a brief question and answer session, Prince Turki reiterated the Kingdom’s support for a two-state solution in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as well as its call for a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction.
Commenting on human rights in the Kingdom, Prince Turki said that while the Kingdom has developed a great deal since its formation in 1932, it still has a ways to go, including suffrage for women. “We’re not a perfect society. We recognize our faults and shortcomings, and we hope to rectify them,” he said.