King Abdullah receives U.S. counterterrorism official

September 20, 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received John Brennan, Assistant to the U.S. President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, at his palace in Jeddah yesterday evening. During the audience, the U.S. official conveyed the greetings of President Barack Obama, which were reciprocated by the King. A number of issues of common interest then reviewed. The meeting was attended by an American delegation accompanying Brennan, including U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom James Smith. The Saudi side included Chief of General Intelligence Prince Miqrin bin Abdulaziz; Assistant Interior Minister for Security Affairs Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz; Advisor to the King Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; and Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

The U.S. delegation met today with Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz to discuss bilateral cooperation. Their meeting focused on the need to combat terrorism and to establish strong cooperation to reduce its spread around the world, especially in the Middle East. The two sides stressed the importance of working together to fight al-Qaeda.

At the end of the meeting, Prince Nayef commented, “I offer my thanks and the thanks of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince, for the positive cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America. We would like to thank U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom and the staff of the Embassy of the United States for sincere cooperation in the issues of security and countering terrorism, and we look forward to more cooperation.”

For his part, Brennan commended the successful efforts being made by Saudi security forces to reduce terrorist attacks in the Kingdom and praised the cooperation between Saudi and American security agencies in the exchange of information.