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    U.S. Ambassador Briefed on the Experience of Prince Sultan Fund for Women Development (9/2/2014)

    The U.S. Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal accompanied by the U.S. Consul General in Dhahran Mike Hankey and his deputy Elaine Jones visited yesterday Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Fund for Women Development. The visit included a meeting with the Secretary-General of the Fund Hassan Al-Jasser and the Deputy Secretary-General Hana Al-Zuhair. During the meeting, they were provided a full explanation about the quality of support provided by the Fund in the field of women's empowerment in the EP in terms of training, rehabilitation, and raising awareness of the importance of women’s role to be partners in the development plans. The Ambassador and the accompanying delegation were also briefed on the most prominent projects and programs provided by the Fund. 

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    Eastern Region Governor Receives U.S. Ambassador (9/1/2014)

    Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Region, received the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom Dr. Joseph W. Westphal and his accompanying delegation. During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. The U.S. Ambassador praised the development being witnessed by the Eastern Region in economic, educational, and industrial fields. The meeting was attended by U.S. Consul General in Dhahran Mike Hankey. 

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    U.S. Ambassador: Our Major Companies Invest in the Saudi Market (9/1/2014)

    During his meeting with the U.S. Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal, Faisal Bin Saleh Al-Quraishi, a member of the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry, emphasized the depth of U.S.-Saudi relations; referring to the common values, mutual respect, and the commitment to cooperation to develop new components of value added to the relationship. The new U.S. Ambassador said that the Kingdom is considered the most important economic partner for the United States; emphasizing the strength of the economic, historical, and trade relations between the two countries. He explained that the United States is a leader in innovation and information field; stressing the readiness of the United States to invest in this field with its partner countries. The Ambassador also indicated that investment in education and training sector between the two countries is welcome; pointing out that such investment will be fruitful in the future. He added, "We need to promote common policies in the field of trade and economic exchanges." 

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    Op-Ed: We Look Forward to 70 More Years of Excellent U.S.-Saudi Relations (8/19/2014)

    Our mid-July arrival in Dhahran was ideal for us because it was during the second week of Ramadan. In more than a decade of working across the Arab world (in Yemen, Iraq and Egypt), I have always treasured the chance to break the fast with old friends - like Joey - and new friends, like the numerous businessmen, teachers and students of the Eastern Province. I enjoyed the iftars in Khobar, official receptions in Dammam, Eid celebrations outside the main cities, and especially the distinctly Gulfi tradition of Girga'an. As I watched Americans and Saudis interact with one another, I realized I was witnessing the product of 70 years of friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.  عربي »

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    Prince Saud bin Naif, Governor of the Eastern Region, Receives U.S. Consul General in Dhahran Mike Hankey (8/6/2014)

    Prince Saud bin Naif, Governor of the Eastern Region, received U.S. Consul General in Dhahran Mike Hankey on the occasion of his appointment to his new post. At the outset of the meeting, the Prince welcomed the CG, wishing him success in his new mission. They exchanged cordial talks. 

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    U.S CG Celebrates with Al-Khobar’s Kids (7/11/14)

    Saudi Businessman Jamal Al Ali held the Kerkien annual ceremony in his Ramadan tent in the presence of the newly appointed U.S. CG in Dhahran Mike Hankey and the departing U.S. CG Joey Hood. At the end of the ceremony, the two consuls distributed Kerkien, gifts, and toys to the children. The U.S. CG Mike Hankey expressed his delight at what he saw, including the children’s joy at the occasion and the children wearing folk costumes and singing the traditional song of Kerkien. 

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    The U.S. Ambassador and Dhahran CG Hosted by Al-AbdulKarim (7/10/14)

    Khalid Al-AbdulKarim, CEO of Al-AbdulKarim Holding Company, held an Iftar banquet in honor of U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom Dr. Joseph Westphal, the newly appointed U.S. CG in Dhahran Mike Hankey, and the former U.S. CG Joey Hood, in the presence of a number of businessmen in the EP. During the event, they discussed some economic issues of common interest between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Ambassador expressed his deep thanks and gratitude to Khalid Al-AbdulKarim for his generous gesture and for giving him the opportunity to meet a group of businessmen and officials in the EP. 

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