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Saudi King Salman receives US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Also appears in the picture Charge D’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States Christopher Henzel and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell. SPA file photo

Riyadh- Christopher Henzel, chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Riyadh, has congratulated the Saudi leadership and the people on the occasion of Saudi Arabia’s national day.

“On behalf of the United States of America, and all my colleagues here at the Embassy and our Consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran, I extend our congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and the people of Saudi Arabia on your national day,” said Henzel.

“The United States values our longstanding relationship with Saudi Arabia, and we will continue to work together long into the future. The friendship our two countries enjoy continues to grow as we expand our partnerships across a variety of fields. Saudis and Americans are working side-by-side to harness new sources of energy, treat emerging diseases, collaborate on business opportunities, and explore the limits of outer space. We will continue to look for new opportunities as the United States supports the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 process,” he said.

“Our militaries have a strong partnership, and we continue to cooperate in the region to defeat terrorism, cut of terrorist funding, and combat extremist ideology to ensure both our countries can live in peace and security. This mutual interest in regional security and stability has been at the heart of our relations for over 80 years and will continue as we confront new global challenges together,” the diplomat stated.

“Saudi Arabia also continues to play an increasing role on the world stage,” he said.

Henzel stressed that his country “is grateful that thousands of Saudi students choose American universities each year to prepare themselves to be successful in the future. Their study demonstrates the strong bond between the people of our two countries at every level, from our senior leaders to the next generation of entrepreneurs, educators, and civil servants.”