President George W. Bush has reassured Saudi Arabia’s king that he will continue to cooperate with the kingdom on energy issues even after his pledge to wean America off Middle East oil, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday.
Bush’s pledge in January to cut U.S. oil imports from the Middle East rankled some kingdom officials, because Saudi Arabia had announced plans to spend $50 billion expanding oil production to meet rising global demand.
“When that statement came out we got in touch with the White House,” Saudi Ambassador Prince Turki Al-Faisal told reporters at a news conference hosted by the United States Energy Association.
“I can tell you that the President … sent a letter to King Abdullah affirming his commitment to the agreement that they had reached in the April 2005 meeting in Crawford,” he said.
In that Crawford meeting, Abdullah, then the Saudi Crown Prince, walked arm-in-arm with Bush and both pledged to cooperate on future energy issues.