Vice President Biden arrives in Riyadh to offer condolences

October 27, 2011

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Riyadh today to offer condolences on the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz. Vice President Biden was received by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal.

The delegation met with Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh; and other members of the royal family to offer condolences on behalf of U.S. President Barak Obama and the American people on the death of Crown Prince Sultan.

The U.S. presidential delegation was composed of James Smith, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Sen. John McCain, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; William Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy; David Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; and General James Mattis, Commander of the United States Central Command.

Vice President Biden and his delegation departed Riyadh later in the day.

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