Following is the English translation of the prepared statement of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General at the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the 60th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, New York, September 15, 2005:
Mr. President, heads of delegations, respected members: It gives me great pleasure to convey to you the compliments of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and his best wishes for a successful meeting.
(WASHINGTON, DC) – His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal today presented a copy of his diplomatic credentials to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in New York.
Acceptance of the credentials confirms Prince Turki’s position as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America.Prince Turki Al-Faisal is succeeding Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who was appointed as Ambassador to the U.S. on September 27, 1983.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Saudi Arabia today completed a bilateral market access agreement with the United States, which allows the Kingdom to proceed with a bid for accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The U.S. is the last WTO member to formally conclude agreements with Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom will now work with WTO members to finalize multilateral negotiations.
During a four-day raid beginning on September 4 in the city of Dammam, Saudi security forces killed five terrorists listed on Saudi Arabia’s list of 36 most-wanted issued June 28, 2005. The individuals were Zaid Saad Zaid Alsammari, Salih Mansour Mohsin Alfiraidi Alharbi, Sultan Salih Hosan Alhasri, Naif Farhan Jalal Aljihaishi Alshammari, and Mohammed Abdulrahman Alsuwailmi.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today called U.S. President George W. Bush offering condolences to the victims of the disaster and the people of the United States from the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the loss of life and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.
King Abdullah affirmed that Saudi Arabia stands with the United States as it faces this tragedy, and is ready to provide assistance to mitigate its effects and consequences.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC issued the following statement on August 1, 2005:
It is with regret and great sadness at the passing of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, that the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia announces that a condolence book will be open for signing at the Embassy, located at 601 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington, DC 20037, on the following dates:
Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan today condemned the terrorist attacks in London:
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan expressed his sorrow at the death of civilians in today’s terrorist attacks in London. Prince Bandar condemned the attacks as vicious crimes carried out by cowards, and extended, on behalf of the people of Saudi Arabia, the “deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks.”
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC issued the following statement today:
In response to media inquiries, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia wishes to confirm that Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, continues in his position as Ambassador to the United States. Prince Bandar is currently on vacation and is expected to return to his office at the end of August.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Saudi security forces have arrested five individuals, all of Chadian nationality, suspected of terrorist activity, including efforts to finance an Al-Qaeda cell by carrying out a series of armed robberies in Jeddah over a two-month period last year. Three of the suspects are connected to the murder of French citizen Laurent Barbot on September 25, 2004, and to the robbery at the British Airways office in Jeddah on August 25, 2004.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - The following press release was issued in Washington DC on May 13, 2005 on the occasion of a tour of the United States by a delegation from the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry.