Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Turki Al-Faisal discussed the state of Saudi-US relations in an appearance at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City today.
Prince Turki noted that Saudi Arabia and the United States have a long history of close cooperation. For example, the two countries worked together to contain the Soviet Union, during the 1950s and 1960s when radicalism threatened the Arab World, and during the first Gulf War, when Saudi Arabia hosted a coalition of forces.
And although the Kingdom disagreed with the invasion of Iraq in 2003, it has tried to mitigate the suffering of the Iraqi people through a comprehensive aid package and humanitarian relief, he remarked.
Looking ahead, Saudi Arabia and the United States are continuing to cooperate on a range of critical issues: the war on terrorism, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel, and energy security, Prince Turki said. Such cooperation is necessary to resolve these complex issues.
“I am confident that Saudi Arabia and the United States will be able to affect positive change in the Middle East and throughout the global community,” he said. “But it will take time, and it will take patience. And, God willing, we will see peace in the world one day.”Transcript of Prince Turki's remarks