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Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia John Abizaid stressed the broad strategic partnership that brings together the Kingdom and the United States, which started after the meeting of the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud with President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the USS Quincy 75 years ago.

This came in his speech during the celebration held at the US Embassy in Riyadh yesterday in the presence of Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, on the occasion of US National Day and the 75th anniversary of the meeting between King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman and President Roosevelt.

The Ambassador reviewed relations that bind the two friendly countries and peoples in various fields, including building a global energy system that has a crucial role in achieving the steady growth of world economy, and unifying positions to confront threats facing the region, especially terrorism.

He also reviewed exchange programs between the two countries, where hundreds of thousands of Saudis visited, studied and worked in the United States and hundreds of thousands of Americans visited Makkah and Madinah to perform Hajj or work in the Kingdom within the framework of building strong trade, educational and security relations.

Ambassador Abizaid affirmed that American companies continue to work to contribute to the success of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, adding that the recently launched “Quincy College Prep Scholarship” to prepare male and female students for the undergraduate level will help Saudi students who wish to complete their higher education in the United States thanks to the new visa systems in the Kingdom.  The Ambassador pointed out that the number of American visitors to the Kingdom is more than ever before, as they visit the Kingdom as business representatives, thought leaders, tourists, scientists, artists, athletes and competitors.