King Abdullah concludes visit to Spain

July 17, 2008

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz left Spain today for Morocco.

Yesterday, King Abdullah delivered the opening address at the World Conference on Dialogue, which is taking place in Madrid from June 16-18. Participants at the three-day event include major figures from Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism and Confucianism.

Before departing Spain today King Abdullah met with King Juan Carlos at his guest residence. The Spanish monarch also accompanied King Abdullah to the airport in Madrid. Saudi officials at the airport for the King’s departure included Saudi Ambassador to Spain Prince Saud bin Nayef, Undersecretary at the Foreign Ministry Prince Khalid bin Saud, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani and Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel A. Al-Jubeir.

Yesterday, King Abdullah met with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero to discuss regional and international issues. They also addressed enhancing bilateral cooperation in all areas.

Other meetings were also held during the King’s visit to Spain. Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, who was part of the royal delegation, met with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos yesterday to discuss the importance of the World Conference on Dialogue as well as other international and regional issues.

Prince Saud held a separate meeting yesterday with the Quartet’s special envoy on the Middle East Tony Blair to review developments in the peace process.