2006 News Story

Prince Turki gives wide-ranging interview to SUSRIS

  Prince Turki Al-Faisal

Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Turki Al-Faisal discussed various aspects of the Saudi-US relationship in a March 2 interview with the Saudi-US Relations Information Service (SUSRIS ).

Prince Turki said that the relationship between the two governments “is going very well.” He noted numerous areas of Saudi-US cooperation, including the Saudi-US Strategic Dialogue.

Prince Turki said that six subgroups of the Dialogue – working groups dealing with counterterrorism, military affairs, energy, economic and financial affairs, consular affairs and partnership, and education exchange and human development in the US and Saudi Arabia – would meet for the first time this month.

The ambassador said that he himself would head the Saudi side at the meeting, while the American side would be led by Liz Cheney, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Coordinator for Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiatives.

Since the government-to-government relationship is going so well, Prince Turki said that as ambassador he is concentrating on reaching out to Congress and the American people.

In the wide-ranging interview, Prince Turki also discussed the history of Saudi-US relations, reform in the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia’s efforts to combat global terrorism, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and Saudi support for developing the political process in Iraq.

Transcript of the interview