Bush praises “friendly relations” with Saudi Arabia
United States President George W. Bush told Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah on Monday that Washington's "friendly relations" with Riyadh were needed to counter terrorism and push Middle East peace forwards.
"Last year, we worked together to counter common threats, like terrorism ... and to install a just and lasting peace in the Middle East to allow the two peoples (Israelis and Palestinians) to live together," Bush was quoted as telling Abdullah during a telephone conversation.
"Our success in achieving those objectives would only be possible if we managed to safeguard the close friendly relations between our countries," Bush was quoted as saying by the official Saudi Press Agency.
In addition, President Bush praised the US "partnership" with the Saudi Kingdom "in the face of numerous threats."
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