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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement from NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on the National Security Advisor’s visit to Saudi Arabia

National Security Advisor Tom Donilon concluded a positive and productive one-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today.  During his visit to Riyadh, Mr. Donilon met with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud to discuss a broad range of regional political, security, and economic issues of mutual interest.  Mr. Donilon commended the King and the Gulf Cooperation Council for their recent statements calling for an end to violence against civilians perpetrated by the Assad regime.

Mr. Donilon and King Abdullah stressed the shared deep and abiding strategic interests that have served as the foundation for the U.S.-Saudi partnership for decades.  They expressed satisfaction with the breadth and strength of the bilateral relationship.  The United States looks forward to continuing close consultations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the full range of issues of mutual interest.