The Saudi-US Committee for Strategic Dialogue will hold its second meeting on May 18 in Washington. The meeting will be co-chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Turki Al-Faisal said in a May 12 statement to the Saudi Press Agency in Washington that the meeting would deal with a wide range of issued aimed at continuing and enhancing bilateral cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Talks will focus on a number of areas, including counterterrorism, security, economic and energy cooperation, scientific and cultural exchanges as well as international issues.
Consulate services at the US Embassy in Riyadh will also be discussed, particularly visas for Saudi students, businesspeople and visitors, Prince Turki said.
The Strategic Dialogue was established by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and President Bush during their April 25, 2005 meeting at the president’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. It aims to institutionalize relations and cooperation between the two nations. The first Strategic Dialogue was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on November 13, 2005.