First Annual Saudi-U.S. Partnership Dinner Remembers Operation Desert Storm

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia delivered his first address in the United States during the inaugural KSA – USA Partnership Event at a dinner held in the Andrew Mellon Auditorium hosted by the Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington.

This dinner celebrated the global importance of the strong Saudi-U.S. bilateral security relationship over the last 70 years. The evening program utilized compelling video testimonials, digital media, and keynote remarks from leading voices who have personally played crucial roles in guiding the U.S-Saudi alliance. Each emphasized our enduring defense and counter-terrorism cooperation and honored the heroes of the past, while also underlining the need to keep our eyes fixed on the horizons of progress and reforms taking place today that will propel this pivotal bilateral relationship to new heights in the future.

As Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said, “Tonight we are celebrating over 70 years of military and security cooperation with the United States. Saudis and Americans have trained together and fought together to confront shared threats and to defend common interests. Our relationship with the United States is fundamental to security in the Middle East, and we are grateful for your support in building a better future together.”

“My own brother and our Ambassador to the United States experienced this firsthand as a pilot training with the U.S. Air Force. He often reminds me that policy may be made in Riyadh and Washington, but it is in training and then in battle where trust is built, where friendships are formed, and where unbreakable ties are forged.”

High-level speakers, including Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Lindsey Graham, James Baker, William Cohen, and Cindy Schwarzkopf, daughter of the late General Norman Schwarzkopf, Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Ambassador Khalid bin Salman, delivered stirring remarks commemorating the historic U.S. and Saudi Arabian leaders of the past who further reinforced the foundations of the unshakable alliance between our two nations.