FW: In town pool report - #1a -- Transcript of King Salman pool spray

From: Sabrina Siddiqui [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2015 12:18 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP ; Allen, Jessica L. EOP
Subject: In town pool report - #1a -- Transcript of King Salman pool spray

Here is a rough transcript of remarks by POTUS and King Salman, both of which were translated as they were delivered. Please check quotes back with the official transcript.

POTUS remarks

"It's a great pleasure to welcome His Majesty King Salman to the Oval Office. This is the latest of several meetings … with the Majesty. The fact that he has chosen to take this first visit to the United States is indicative of the longstanding friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

This is obviously a challenging time in world affairs, particular in the Middle East. So we expect this to be a substantive conversation across a wide range of issues.

We share a concern about Yemen and the need to restore a functioning government that is inclusive and that can relieve the humanitarian situation there.

We share concerns about the crisis in Syria and had the opportunity to discuss how we can arrive at a political transition process within Syria that can finally end the horrific conflict there.

We continue to cooperate extremely closely in countering terrorist activities and around the world, including a battle against ISIS.

And we'll discuss the importance of effectively implementing the deal to ensure that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon while counteracting its destabilizing activities in the region.

We'll also have the opportunity to discuss the world economy and energy issues. And I look forward to continuing to deepen our cooperation on issues like education and clean energy and science and climate change, because his Majesty is interested obviously ultimately in making sure that his people -- particularly young people -- have prosperity and opportunity into the future. And we share those hopes and those dreams for those young people and I look forward to hearing his ideas on how we can help them."

King Salman remarks

"Thank you, Mr. President and thank yo for allowing us to enjoy your hospitality. I intended to make my first official visit to the United States as a symbol of the deep and strong relationship that we have with the United States. It's indeed historical relations that go back to the day when King Abdul Aziz met with President Roosevelt in 1945.

Our relationship is beneficial not only to our two countries but to the entire world and to our region. And this is significant and we must always affirm that and deepen such relations. We always emphasize that we want to deepen our relations and further our cooperation in all fields.

As you know Mr. President, our economy is a free economy therefore we must allow opportunities for business people to exchange opportunities, because if people see there are common interests it will further the relations between them. And our relationship must be beneficial to both of us, not only economically but in political and military and defense skills as well.

Once again Mr. President, I'm happy to come to a friendly country to meet a friend and we want to work together for world peace. Our region must achieve stability, which is essential for the prosperity of its people and in our country thank God we are prosperous, but we want prosperity for the entire region. And we are willing to cooperate with you in order to achieve that.

Thank you, Mr. President for your hospitality, and I look forward to seeing you in Riyadh and seeing American officials coming to see us in Riyadh and also Saudi officials coming to the United States."


Sabrina Siddiqui
Political Reporter

The Guardian

Cell: +xxx-xxx-xxxx

Twitter: @SabrinaSiddiqui



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