US ob­servers hail Saudi deputy crown prince visit to Wash­ing­ton

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON—Se­nior of­fi­cials and an­a­lysts in Saudi Ara­bia and the United States have hailed the on­go­ing visit of Saudi Ara­bia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man to the United States, high­light­ing the im­pact it will have on the re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

In a state­ment to Saudi Press Agency, Fran Townsend, the for­mer Home­land Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor to Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, wel­comed the visit adding that it con­firms Saudi Ara­bia’s in­ter­est in a long-term strate­gic re­la­tion­ship that ex­ists with the United States of Amer­ica.

She noted that the meet­ings of Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man with busi­ness­men, as well as with the Speaker of the House, con­firm the sta­tus en­joyed by Saudi Ara­bia and strong its po­si­tion in the United States.

It demon­strated the keen­ness of US of­fi­cials to in­ter­act with Saudi Ara­bia’s Vi­sion 2030 and en­su­ing mas­sive de­vel­op­ment pro­grams, such as the Na­tional trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gram, which will ex­pand the level of the qual­ity of mu­tual re­la­tions, be­tween the two coun­tries.

She praised the an­nounce­ment of the deputy crown prince, upon ar­rival to the United States, of his keen in­ter­est in sup­port­ing Saudi na­tion­als, study­ing in the United States.

His­tor­i­cal ties: The founder and Chair­man of the SaudiAmer­i­can Pub­lic Re­la­tions Af­fairs Com­mit­tee Sal­man al-An­sari un­der­scored the im­por­tance of the visit and said that it will pro­mote strong re­la­tions be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and the United States.

Al-An­sari said that the re­la­tions be­tween the two sides are based on “solid his­tor­i­cal con­stants, ex­pressed by the re­sults of the meet­ings, which brought to­gether the lead­ers of the two coun­tries over eight decades ago.”

In a state­ment to SPA, An­sari said that the visit of the deputy crown prince to the United States pro­ceeded from a long-term po­lit­i­cal per­spec­tive, based on the terms of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two coun­tries, and aims to put US ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, in main­tain­ing strate­gic, po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and lo­gis­tics in­ter­ests with the King­dom and the re­gion.

This takes into ac­count Saudi Ara­bia’s po­si­tion in the world, its po­si­tion as an ac­tive mem­ber of the G20, its strong and a solid sup­port for in­ter­na­tional peace, and relief ef­forts.

Al-An­sari said that Amer­i­can of­fi­cials are aware of the in­ter­na­tional ef­forts be­ing un­der­taken by Saudi Ara­bia to achieve sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity of the Mid­dle East and the world.

This was ex­pressed by the King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz Al Saud, dur­ing his meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, dur­ing a visit to Wash­ing­ton, in Septem­ber 2015.

An­sari said that the deputy crown prince has set a new trend in strength­en­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, ex­press­ing the contents of the Saudi Vi­sion 2030, de­tails of the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gram, which is a strat­egy by the Coun­cil of Eco­nomic Af­fairs and De­vel­op­ment, headed by him.

“This is a quan­tum leap in the eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion of the king­dom, which has tremen­dous wealth.

This should at­tract in­vestors and US cor­po­rates to en­gage in eco­nomic part­ner­ships for mu­tual ben­e­fit,” he said.—Agen­cies

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