The White House
Office of the Vice President
Readout of Presidential Delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Vice President Biden led a Presidential delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today. The delegation met with Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Prince Nayif bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh Prince Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Assistant Minister of Defense for Military Affairs Prince Khalid bin Sultan and other members of the royal family to offer condolences on behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States on the passing of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abd al Aziz al Saud.
The Vice President recalled Crown Prince Sultan’s many years of service as Minister of Defense and Aviation and his lasting contributions to the enduring partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia. In addition, the Vice President and the Princes discussed a broad range of bilateral and regional issues. The Princes thanked the Vice President on behalf of King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, noting that the delegation’s visit was a fitting tribute to Crown Prince Sultan and to the strength of the relationship between the two countries.
Members of the Presidential Delegation:
The Honorable James B. Smith, United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The Honorable John S. McCain, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee
The Honorable William Cohen, Former Secretary of Defense
The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy
The Honorable David H. Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
General James N. Mattis, Commander of the United States Central Command