King Abdullah speaks with President Obama by telephone

November 8, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama today. During the call, the King congratulated the President on his reelection to a second term in office. The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations and reviewed regional and international developments.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, sent a letter of congratulations to President Obama. In his missive, Ihsanoglu reminded the U.S. President of the bold initiative he undertook during his first term to engage with the outside world, particularly the Muslim world. President Obama’s efforts, he said, aroused great hopes and expectations for an evenhanded U.S. policy that would address outstanding issues in the Middle East and combat and counter the forces of intolerance and prejudice seeking to create divisions. Ihsanoglu expressed his pleasure that the OIC was able to build up a relationship with the U.S. based on trust, confidence and cooperation, adding that the OIC looks forward to substantively strengthening this relationship in the coming years. He assured President Obama of the OIC’s commitment to working with him and his government in close cooperation to bring about peace, progress and harmony.