Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Turki Al-Faisal discussed Saudi-US relations at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah today.
In his remarks, Prince Turki stressed the strength of the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States. “Relations between our two countries are stronger than they have ever been,” he said.
He noted that relations are based on six pillars: the war on terrorism, oil, trade, Middle East stability, military cooperation and the longstanding personal relationships between the two peoples.
Prince Turki also pointed out several areas in which the two countries can strengthen their bond for the future. One is establishing stronger links between the two governments through vehicles such as the successful Saudi-US Strategic Dialogue, which institutionalizes cooperation between the countries.
A second area is more people-to-people contact. To that end, Saudi Arabia has sponsored a number of scholarship programs for thousands of Saudi students to study abroad. Third, there should be a focus on developing better relations with US Congress; more US lawmakers and delegates should visit the Kingdom and witness for themselves the progress that is underway there.
Finally, the relationship between the two countries would benefit from a changed discourse based on constructive dialogue, not political rhetoric.
Prince Turki also noted that the two countries must work together in order to find solutions to the challenges the world faces today: the war on terrorism, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, energy security, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
He concluded, “Our relationship today has matured. It was tested by the tragic events of 9/11 and emerged stronger than before. Officials in both countries have recognized the need to put in place effective frameworks to further solidify our relationship. This effort, I’m pleased to report, is proceeding very well. And I am confident that the future of our relationship will be, God willing, a bright one. But first we need to act.”Transcript of Prince Turki's remarks