Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz has received a cable from U.S. President George W. Bush on the occasion of the Kingdom's National Day. In the cable, President Bush expressed his gratitude and that of the American people for Saudi Arabia's contribution to peace and to the war against terrorism. The American people, he said, are grateful to King Fahd and to the Saudi people for their valuable contribution to the campaign that seeks to eradicate terrorism from the world. President Bush went on to confirm that the two nations enjoy strong and friendly relations based on common values, adding that challenges over the years have only strengthened and enhanced them. He commented that although it was the United States that was directly attacked on September 11 last year, terrorism threatens the people of Saudi Arabia as it does the American people. In conclusion, he declared, the United States is particularly grateful for the Saudi contribution to peace, freedom, and prosperity; and, through endurance and courage, he said, their common objectives will be achieved.
Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received a similar cable.