Prince Abdul Aziz Ibn Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, Minister of State and Cabinet Member Without Portfolio, today stated at a press conference in Washington DC that the historic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America are built on the basis of mutual respect and common interests. He said his meeting in the White House yesterday with President Bill Clinton had focused on issues of mutual interest.
In answer to a question on the construction of mosques and Islamic Centers in the U.S., he referred to the concern of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, to serve the interests of Islam and Muslims everywhere. He went on to reaffirm that Islam rejects extremism and terrorism, and called on Muslims living in non-Islamic countries to follow in peace and harmony the laws prevailing in these countries.
Prince Abdul Aziz is currently on a state visit to the United States, and yesterday held "good and fruitful" talks with a number of congressmen from both parties, and with six of the senators on Capitol Hill. The meetings were attended by Mohammad Al-Suleiman, Chief of the Royal Court of King Fahd, and Ahmed Abdulaziz Kattan, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Royal Embassy in Washington DC.