Joint Saudi-U.S. summit statement urges Iran to meet its international commitments

Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives British defense official

Second Deputy Premier patronizes ceremonies to graduate students

Prince Naif: More than 220 terrorist attempts foiled during this decade

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and US President Barack Obama met and reaffirmed the strong, historic ties between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, the White House said in a statement.

The leaders stated their strong support for the efforts of the P5+1 with regard to Iran's nuclear program and urged Iran to meet its international obligations under UN Security Council and IAEA resolutions, the statement said.

They expressed their hope that proximity talks between Israelis and Palestinians will lead to the resumption of direct talks with the aim of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the President also discussed the importance of resuming the Israeli-Syrian and the Israeli-Lebanese tracks in order to achieve a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. The President welcomed King Abdullah's continued leadership in support of the Arab Peace Initiative, the statement added.

The leaders also discussed international efforts to assist Afghanistan, their support for the Lebanese government as it seeks to preserve its sovereignty, the importance of a secure and prosperous Yemen, and the need for an inclusive government formation process in Iraq and the expansion of productive ties between a unified, sovereign Iraq and its neighbors.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and US President reaffirmed the importance of efforts to prevent violent extremism. The President welcomed Saudi Arabia's successful counterterrorism actions against Al-Qaeda, including the positions taken by the Kingdom's highest religious body to prohibit terrorism and its financing, the statement said.

President Obama also expressed his support for King Abdullah's initiative to promote dialogue among religions and cultures. The President reiterated to the King his commitment to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities, the statement added.

The leaders also consulted on the results of the G-20 summit and global economic growth. They welcomed the continuing expansion of economic, scientific, business, and educational ties, including the historically high numbers of Saudi students in the United States, the statement said.

Both leaders look forward to further strengthening relations between the two countries, noting that this year marks the 65th anniversary of the historic meeting between President Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz on the USS Quincy in 1945, the statement concluded.

On the other hand, the Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his office at the Ministry of Defense and Aviation the Head of Saudi Armed Forces Projects at the British Ministry of Defense Ursula Brennan and the accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed aspects of cooperation between the two countries as well as issues of common interest.

The meeting was attended by a number of princes and officials.

Prince Sultan has approved the appointment of the members of the Board of Directors of Saudi Aviation Club for one year as of 25/05/1431H.

The Members of Board of Directors of Saudi Aviation Club are:

1- Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Chairman. 2- Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Khalid, Member. 3- Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Managing Director, Member. 4- Prince Turki bin Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Member. 5- Saad bin Fahd Al-Wa'alan, Member. 6- Khalid bin Musaed Al-Saif, Member. 7- Mohammed bin Mohammed bin Laden, Member 8- Abdullah bin Mansur Al-Ja'awini, Chief Executive Officer, Member. 9- Mohammed bin Yousuf Al-Khuraiji, Member. 10- A representative of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Member. 11- A representative of Saudi Aramco, Member. 12- A representative of Saudi Airlines, Member. 13- A representative of National Air Services (NAS), Member. 14- A representative of Sama Airlines, Member.

Meanwhile, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud patronized a student graduation ceremony at Naif Arab Academy for Security Sciences.

During the ceremony, Prince Naif delivered a speech in which he highlighted the importance of education and efforts of the university in the field of security research.

On terrorism, Prince Naif regretted the fact that a majority of terrorists are misled Saudi citizens saying that Saudi Arabia was the priority target for terrorism.

Prince Naif reviewed terrorist attacks against the kingdom stating that Saudi security forces fought terrorism and arrested many terrorists and some of them were killed unintentionally during confrontation and arrest.

He said that 220 attempted attacks against the kingdom were foiled during the last ten years adding that those behind them were all arrested and will be tried.

Prince Naif reviewed efforts to counsel terrorists to bring them back to the right path as well as efforts in the field of intellectual security urging scholars to correct wrong ideas and show Islam's position on terrorism.

Prince Naif reviewed efforts to care for the families of the terrorists.

He regretted that recently some groups of highly educated people and financial supporters have emerged saying they are being counseled too.

Prince Naif hoped terrorism will end soon but he stated that it is still there and that the kingdom is still targeted. He said efforts are being exerted to foil any terrorist act. He praised Saudi security agencies in fighting terrorism and terrorists hoping to eliminate sources of terrorism. Prince Naif again regretted that many terrorists and bombers are Saudis.

Prince Naif had also patronized on Tuesday evening, the graduation ceremony of 1,492 cadets of security sciences' diploma and qualification courses at King Fahd Security College.

Upon arrival at the venue, Prince Naif was received by Prince Mohammed Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs and a number of high ranking officers.

Addressing the ceremony, Prince Naif said that sacrifices provided by brave security men in fighting terrorism and terrorists have been appreciated by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is also the Supreme Commander of All Armed Forces, and the Crown Prince; and they have been sources of pride of the homeland and citizens.

He added, 'The appreciation of the responsibilities carried out by security men in this blessed country is highly appreciated if we take into account that the security missions have been implemented in a homeland which is as big as a continent with large borders targeted by perpetrators of crimes and drug dealers. Along with these challenges surrounding the security works, security personnel have been performing great duties in providing tranquility to pilgrims, visitors of Prophet's Mosque and Umrah performers.

During the month of Ramadan 'Umrah' ritual is becoming like annual Hajj seasons in terms of the large number of persons and the volume of security and other requirements, which prompt security men to facilitate for all Umrah performers completion of their rituals in ease and comfort.

The ceremony was attended by a number of princes and officials.