President Bush pays official visit to Saudi Arabia

May 16, 2008

President George W. Bush arrived in Riyadh today for a two-day official visit to the Kingdom. It is the president’s second visit to Saudi Arabia this year.

King Abdullah welcomes President Bush at the airport in Riyadh

In honor of the occasion, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz gave President Bush a red-carpet welcome at the King Khalid International Airport.

A number of Saudi and US officials were also present to welcome the president, including Riyadh Governor Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Chief of Royal Protocol Muhammad Al-Tobaishi, Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel A. Al-Jubeir and US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ford Fraker.

At the airport the president greeted senior officials including Deputy Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General Prince Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Miteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Province Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Chief of General Intelligence Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, Secretary General of National Security Council Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Royal Advisers Prince Mansour bin Nasser and Dr. Prince Bandar bin Salman, Minister of State and Cabinet member Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz.

This afternoon, King Abdullah and President Bush co-chaired an initial round of official talks at the royal ranch in Jenadriyah, near Riyadh. The two leaders discussed a number of key issues, including the Middle East peace process, Lebanon and Iraq as well as boosting bilateral cooperation. A second round of talks is expected to be held later today.

 King Abdullah and President Bush hold talks

A number of Saudi-US agreements were signed today, including a security initiative on technological cooperation, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on nuclear energy cooperation, and agreements on nonproliferation and infrastructure projects.

King Abdullah also hosted a luncheon in honor of President Bush and his accompanying delegation, which includes First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

King Abdullah hosts luncheon for President Bush

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