King Abdullah receives U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu

February 22, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and his accompanying delegation in Rawdhat Khuraim today. During the meeting, the Secretary conveyed the greetings of U.S. President Barack Obama, which the King reciprocated.

The session was attended by Chief of General Intelligence Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz; Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz; Advisors to the King Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz; Prince Abdulaziz bin Sattam bin Abdulaziz; Prince Bandar bin Miqren bin Abdulaziz; Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi; President of the King’s Special Affairs Ibrahim Al-Tassan; Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir; and U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom James B. Smith.

Secretary Chu also held a separate meeting with Minister Al-Naimi, during which they reviewed issues pertaining to energy, petroleum and the international oil market and related topics. Minister Al-Naimi noted that the U.S. is the world’s biggest petroleum consumer and importer, while the Kingdom is the largest oil exporting country. These circumstances, he added, has led to close coordination in the realms of petroleum investments, scientific and technical cooperation and education and training. “We have agreed on the importance of bilateral meetings between the two countries in the field of petroleum and energy,” he said.