The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received US President George Bush at his guest house in New York today.
King Abdullah is participating in a two-day high-level United Nations conference on interfaith dialogue. It is the first visit by a Saudi monarch to the UN since 1957.
At the outset of the meeting, President Bush welcomed King Abdullah to the United States and thanked him for initiating the interfaith dialogue. The president underscored the importance of US-Saudi relations, recognizing that the Kingdom has a pivotal role to play in resolving Middle East issues.
President Bush and King Abdullah discussed the global financial crisis, noting the importance of coordinating an international effort to limit negative repercussions. Both leaders will attend a G-20 economic summit in Washington November 15-16.
Also present were Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Advisor to the King Prince Abdul-Ilah bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Labor Dr. Ghazi bin Abdulrahman Al-Qusaibi, Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Iyad bin Ameen Madani, and Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel A. Al-Jubeir. Several American officials also attended, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Since his arrival in New York, King Abdullah has met with several prominent figures. On Monday, he received former US President Bill Clinton at his guest residence. On Wednesday, he attended a dinner hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon alongside other world leaders. On Thursday, the King met with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.