1996 News Story

U.S. Ambassador extends greetings on National Day

The new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom, Wyche Fowler, today extended his congratulations, and those of all Americans, to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fadh Bin Abdul Aziz and to the people of Saudi Arabia on the occasion of their National Day, saying:  “Saudi Arabia can be proud of its record of achievements in economic and social development, and of its prominent stature in the comity of nations.”   Ambassador Fowler expressed confidence that the bonds of friendship between the two countries would continue to grow stronger in the decades ahead, and said:  “We share common interests as trading partners and as two nations committed to maintaining peace, security and stability in the Gulf region and in the Middle East at large”, adding: “The United States has great respect for Saudi Arabia’s special relationship to Islam, a religion with millions of believers in my country.  More Americans are beginning to learn about Islam and appreciate its values, as President and Mrs. Clinton showed when they opened the White House to Muslims celebrating Eid-Al-Fitr last year”.   The United States and Saudi Arabia are bound by a historical relationship of friendship and cooperation that has developed ever since the establishment of the Kingdom on September 23, 1932.