The Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Turki Al-Faisal delivered a speech at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.
In his remarks, Prince Turki termed Saudi-US ties as a “mutually beneficial relationship.” He noted that the Kingdom is economically developing at a rapid pace and invited US businesses to take advantage of over $650 billion worth of investment opportunities over the next 15 years.
He further noted that Saudi Arabia’s entry into the World Trade Organization will result in gains for the Kingdom , and that the Saudi educational system was being retailored to make Saudi Arabia economically competitive.
Prince Turki also said that political reforms were ongoing in Saudi Arabia and called for an honest relationship between Riyadh and Washington.
In the Q&A session, Prince Turki addressed the threat terrorism posed to Saudi Arabia. He recalled that the Kingdom has been a victim of terrorism since the 1960s and listed a series of terrorist incidents against the Kingdom. This history has led to a process of reevaluation of the educational system and an analysis of how Saudi society viewed non-Muslims. He added that the 9/11 hijackers belonged to a deviant cult devised by Osama bin Laden, who was trying to drive a wedge between Riyadh and Washington.
On Iraq, Prince Turki expressed hope that recent violent events would make people realize the imperative of working together to form a national unity government. He declared that Saudi Arabia “will not only promote that [national unity government] and support it, but work very hard to achieve it.”