President Mohammed Khatami of the Islamic Republic of Iran left Jeddah yesterday for Madinah, to visit the Prophet's Mosque and perform prayer there. Escorted by Minister of State and cabinet member Dr. Mutlab Al-Nafeesa, he toured the expansion project of the Prophet's Mosque, and admired the 27 movable domes, each weighing eight tons, which are operated by remote control, and the automatic umbrellas which open to cover areas of the mosque.
President Khatami and his accompanying delegation then flew to Dhahran, where they visited the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and its research center, which is renowned for its studies related to energy. The delegation also visited the headquarters of Saudi Aramco where they were received by Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ibrahim Al-Naimi, who is also chairman of Aramco's board of directors. In a speech on the occasion, Minister Al-Naimi praised the development of bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and applauded the Iranian oil sector for their continuing cooperation with their counterparts in the Kingdom, particularly the Iranian delegations to regional and international conferences. He made special reference to efforts by both countries to protect the environment in the Gulf and to stabilize oil prices in the global market.