INTRODUCTION: Crown Prince Fahd Ibn Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia arrived in Washington on Monday (23 May) for two days of talks with President Jimmy Carter and U.
INTRODUCTION: Crown Prince Fahd Ibn Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia arrived in Washington on Monday (23 May) for two days of talks with President Jimmy Carter and U.S. officials. he is expected to discuss the Middle East in the light of the recent change of power in Israel and the world oil situation.
SYNOPSIS: The Crown Prince arrived at Andrews Airforce Base fresh from a three-power Arab summit meeting in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, which was also attended by his brother, King Kahled and Presidents Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Hafez al-Assad of Syria.
Prince Fahd is first Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia and was greeted on his arrival by United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. According to independent Middle East experts in Washington, the Crown Prince is understood to be seeking assurances from President Carter that the United States can still persuade Israel to negotiate a Middle East settlement at a Geneva conference.
In a reference to the election victory of the right-wing Likud party in Israel last week, President Carter said on Sunday (22 May) that U.S. policy would not be affected by leadership changes in the Middle East. The election result and its implications were discussed at the Riyadh summit and Prince Fahd is expected to relay to President Carter the three Arab leaders' views of the current Middle East situation. Saudi supplies of oil and American demands will also be discussed and the Crown Prince will meet U.S. Energy Adviser James Schlesinger.