US observers hail Saudi deputy crown prince visit to Washington

The Prince’s meetings with top officials underscore that the administration seeks to maintain close ties with Saudi Arabia

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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.

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with the chairman members of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Washington, June 15, 2016. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with the chairman members of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Washington, June 15, 2016. (SPA)

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 Saudi-American 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.

(With SPA)

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