President Bush concludes visit to Saudi Arabia

May 17, 2008

President George W. Bush departed Riyadh today after a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

The president was seen off at King Khalid International Airport by Riyadh Governor Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel A. Al-Jubeir and US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ford Fraker.

While in the Kingdom, President Bush held two rounds of official talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on key issues, including the Middle East peace process, Lebanon and Iraq as well as boosting bilateral cooperation.

A number of Saudi-US agreements were signed during the visit, including an agreement for the development of human and infrastructure resources and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on civil nuclear energy cooperation.

Yesterday, Saudi Arabia also became the 71st member nation of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism and the 86th member nation of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).

The president’s visit to Saudi Arabia was part of a Middle East trip that included Israel and Egypt. He previously visited the Kingdom in January 2008.