Ambassador Al-Jubeir lauds Saudi-U.S. relations

October 22, 2010

In a speech before 19th Annual Conference of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR), Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Adel A. Al-Jubeir lauded the strong, historic relations that have existed between the Kingdom and the United States for more than 70 years.

The NCUSAR Conference began in Washington, D.C. yesterday with the participation of a number of Arab and American policymakers, business people and scholars.

Speaking to the gathering, Ambassador Al-Jubeir observed that the Saudi-U.S. relationship has always endured in the face of challenges because it is characterized by honesty, trust, partnership, mutual respect and the pursuit of common interests. He expressed confidence that the relationship will continue to develop and strengthen.

Bilateral relations have reached unprecedented levels, the Ambassador said, noting that in recent years the number of Saudi students studying in the U.S. rose from about 3,000 to more than 30,000. Furthermore, over the past year the U.S. issued more than 70,000 visas to Saudi citizens, while Saudi embassies and consulates issued 65,000 visas to Americans.

Ambassador Al-Jubeir reviewed the extensive cooperation that continues between the two countries in a wide range of fields, including the economic, military, commercial and energy fields. He also highlighted the large volume of mutual investments.

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