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U.S., Saudi FMs to meet annually

A joint Saudi-American committee, co-chaired by the two countries’ foreign ministers, will convene once a year to discuss matters of military, cultural, and educational cooperation, reports the London-based daily Al-Hayyat.

Answering reporters’ questions during a press conference in Dallas, Texas, Saudi Foreign Minister Sa’oud Al-Fei’sal said the committee’s activities would enable Saudi and American citizens to connect with each other.

Al-Fei’sal added that the consultations between Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince ‘Abdallah Bin ‘Abd Al-‘Aziz and President George W. Bush aimed at regaining the historical relations between the two countries, and at creating ways of working together to improve those relations.

He also said that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney welcomed the Crown Prince’s invitation to visit Saudi Arabia, and that in the near future there will be mutual visits of top officials in both countries.

Concerning Saudi Arabia’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), Al-Fei’sal said, “there remain only technical issues which will be solved soon.”