Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, met today with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the state department in Washington DC, where he attended a working luncheon in his honor. They discussed ways of enhancing relations between the two countries as well as the overall situation in the Arab arena, foremost of which the Middle East issue, the peace process and the occupied Arab territories. The meeting was attended by Assistant Secretary of State of Middle East Affairs Martin Indyk, U.S. Coordinator of the Middle East peace process Dennis Ross, and U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom Wyche Fowler.
Later, Crown Prince Abdullah received at his guest residence in Washington DC, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin.
Both meetings were attended by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, Minister of Finance and National Economy Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi, and other members of the Crown Prince's accompanying delegation.