In several televised interviews today, Crown Prince Abdullah’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Adel Al-Jubeir commented on the Crown Prince’s current visit to the United States and his meeting yesterday with U.S. President George W. Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.
To CNN’s John King, he confirmed that Saudi Arabia has a project to build refineries in India, and is ready to do so in other parts of the world. Asked whether women will be allowed to vote in the next municipal elections, he focused on the broader picture, and explained that Saudi Arabia is evolving, saying “We will continue to broaden political participation in line with our customs and traditions, and at a speed that our people are comfortable with.”
In a brief interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, he commented the close relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States as epitomized by the close friendship between the Crown Prince and President Bush.
In an interview with PBS’ Susie Gharib, he expressed the hope that Saudi Arabia’s commitment to pump more oil will help bring down prices, but pointed out that there are other factors that drive the price of oil, including fear of political instability, the lack of refining capacity in the United States, a growth in demand by China and Japan, and speculation by hedge funds. Asked if the issue of any measures to limit demand had come up during President Bush’s meeting with Crown Prince Abdullah, he said the talks were more about the U.S. refining situation and Saudi Arabia’s plans to expand production capacity from 11 to 12.5 million barrels a day.