Highlights of Saudi Foreign Relations

January 18, 1919: Prince Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz attends the Paris Peace Conference at Versailles. March 25, 1975: Crown Prince Khalid is proclaimed King of Saudi Arabia and Prince Fahd is named Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister.
September 23, 1932: The modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is unified under the leadership of King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saud. January 3, 1978: King Khalid and Crown Prince Fahd receive President Carter in Riyadh.
July 14, 1933: The first concession for oil exploration in Saudi Arabia is granted to Standard Oil of California.

November 7, 1933: A provisional agreement establishing diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America is signed.
February 4, 1981: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is formed by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. August 8, 1981: Crown Prince Fahd proposes the "Fez Peace Plan," an eight-point plan for a comprehensive peace settlement in the Middle East.
March 3, 1938: Oil is found in large quantities in the Eastern Province. June 13, 1982: Crown Prince Fahd is proclaimed King of Saudi Arabia, and Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz is named Crown Prince.
October 1943: Princes Faisal and Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz head the first high-level Saudi Arabian delegation to the U.S. They are received by President Roosevelt. February 11-15, 1985: King Fahd makes his first official visit to Washington, DC since becoming King in 1982.
February 14, 1945: King Abdul Aziz meets President Roosevelt on board the U.S.S. Quincy in the Suez Canal. They discuss the world situation and progress made by the Allies in World War II. March 22, 1945: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan and Iraq sign the pact of the Arab League. December 26-27, 1987: King Fahd chairs 8th annual GCC Summit at its new headquarters in Riyadh.

October 3, 1988: Saudi Arabia signs Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
June 26, 1945: Prince Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz signs the United Nations Charter at the international conference in San Francisco. October 1989: Lebanese parliamentarians meet in Taif, Saudi Arabia, and approve national reconciliation charter.
1947: King Abdul Aziz visits Cairo on his first foreign state visit. August 9, 1990: King Fahd rejects Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and calls for withdrawal of Iraqi forces and the restoration of Kuwait's legitimate government.
November 9, 1953: King Abdul Aziz dies at the age of 73 and is succeeded by his son, Prince Saud Bin Abdul Aziz, as King. Prince Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz is named Crown Prince. November 20, 1990: President Bush visits Saudi Arabia for meetings with King Fahd on the Arabian Gulf crisis.
January 30-February 9, 1957: King Saud makes an official visit to the U.S. and is received at the White House by President Eisenhower. This is the first visit to the U.S. by a reigning Saudi King. February 27, 1991: Saudi Arabia, the U.S and their allies liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.

October 30, 1991: Saudi Arabia attends the Middle East peace talks in Madrid.
1961: Saudi Arabia sends troops to protect Kuwait from threats by Iraqi Premier General Abdul Karim Qassim. March 12, 1993: Afghan leaders meet in Makkah to sign peace accord.
November 1964: Crown Prince Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz is proclaimed King of Saudi Arabia. October 28, 1994: King Fahd meets with President Clinton in Hafr Al-Batin, Saudi Arabia.
1970: King Faisal leads the effort to establish the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), to give the Islamic world a voice in international affairs. October 23, 1995: Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz addresses the UN General Assembly on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
June 14, 1974: President Nixon arrives in Jeddah. He is the first American President to visit Saudi Arabia. March 13, 1996: Saudi Arabia attends Conference of Peacemakers in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.



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