2007 News Story

King Abdullah to pay official visit to Britain next week

 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will pay a three-day official visit to Britain next week at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. The King will arrive in Britain on October 29 and depart on November 1, according to a statement by the Foreign Office.

During his visit, King Abdullah will receive an official welcome from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, attend a state banquet, meet with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and attend a dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of London. The King will also meet separately with Prince Charles to discuss the prince’s charities in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and Britain are expected to sign a number of bilateral agreements, including: a UK-Saudi joint statement; an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation; and  Memoranda of Understanding on vocational education and sports cooperation.

Additionally, the UK-Saudi Arabia Two Kingdoms Dialogue will hold its third meeting on October 29. This year’s topic is “Two Kingdoms, Shared Challenges.” Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal is scheduled to address the meeting, which focuses on key issues that affect both nations.

King Abdullah has paid previous official visits to Britain in 1973, 1984, 1988 and 1998. This will be his first official visit to Britain since assuming the throne.