U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently visited U.S. Embassy staff and their families in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Here is an excerpt from the Secretary's remarks:
"The United States and Saudi Arabia have weathered many challenges over the years and we are going forward into the future together on behalf of promoting peace and prosperity and stability. And you are an important part of that work. Every single day, what you do in relating to the government and the people of the Kingdom is absolutely essential. I want to thank you for your focus on higher education. We are slowly returning the number of Saudi students back to the pre 9/11 levels. And the King mentioned that to me today and he noticed it, and it is so important. In fact, he'd like even more students going to the United States.
We thank you for your engagement on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa, where our Saudi partners are providing very vital help. And we see it in your groundbreaking work over the last year to stand up the Office of Program Management in the Ministry of Interior which is helping the Saudis protect their critical infrastructure, which is not only, as you know, important to Saudi Arabia but important to the entire world.
And thank you for your efforts on international conflict resolution and Saudi Arabia's support for a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict."Full Text