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chose Saudi Arabia as the first stop on his Middle East tour because the Kingdom is a key ally and the cradle of Islam. “I take this trip knowing it is very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek His Majesty's counsel and to discuss with him many of the issues that we confront here in the Middle East.” President Obama said he was confident that working together the U.S. and Saudi Arabia “can make progress on a whole host of issues and mutual interests.” Obama also reassured the public of the key aims of his trip, "What is important is that we demon-

he President of the Unites States, Barack Obama has made a historic visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, being received by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh. is trip had triggered the start of a mission which has been planned for months as part of a bid to improve the tattered U.S. relationship with the Muslim world. King Abdullah and President Obama held bilateral talks at the King’s ranch in Al-Janadriyah to mainly discuss Mideast peace negotiations, regional security and energy issues. During remarks to the media, President Obama stressed the value of his relationship with the Saudi monarch. “I've been struck by his wisdom and his graciousness,” he said. e U.S. and Saudi Arabia “have a long history of friendship, we have a strategic relationship.” President Obama said he purposely President Obama, arriving in Saudi Arabia with King Abdullah

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strate that the United States wants to pursue a different relationship and ensure that Muslims around the world understand the message of the United States: at we share common hopes and dreams and that we can work together to fulfill those hopes and dreams … separating that from the extremism and extremists that wish to do us harm.'' King Abdullah thanked President Obama for his kind word “and the sentiments expressed within them, which are not suprising, given the historic and strategic ties between our two countries, which go back to the time of the meeting between the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the late King Abdulaziz.” King Abdullah also express his wishes “to the friendly American people who are represented by a distinguished man who deserves to be in this position.”

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During their discussions, the two leaders focused on regional and international developments – especially the Palestinian issue – and on Saudi-U.S. bilateral cooperation. King Abdullah and President Obama are expected to hold further talks, during which they will focus on a variety of issues, including the world financial crisis.

“The US and Saudi Arabia have a long history of friendship, a strategic relationship” President Obama King Abdullah also presented President Obama with the King Abdulaziz Medal, the Kingdom’s highest award which is bestowed to heads of state and world leaders. Following Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia he stopped off at Cairo where he made a highly memorable speech to the Muslim World which could be considered to designate a new phase between the United States and the Arab and Islamic World.


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audi Ambassador to Australia Hassan Talat Nazer, represented by Saudi Charge d'Affaires Advisor Hussein AlAssiri and Saudi Cultural attaché Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al-Bishri, has patronized the Forum of second homeland Ambassadors for Saudi students on scholarships which took place in the city of Hobart, Tasmania Australia this month. A number of Australian government agencies, universities and Saudi student Clubs in the Australian state of Tasmania have participated in the Forum. Addressing the Forum, Al-Assiri commended the objectives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah's Program for Foreign Scholarships. Al- Assiri also praised the efforts exerted by both the students and the embassy to organize this forum. On his part, Dr. Al-Bishri called on Saudi students to take advantage of the forum, as it has provided the opportunity to students to Saudi Charge d’Affaires Advisor Mr. become informed of the government and Hussein Al-Assiri with Dr Al-Bishri academic services provided to them in all fields.

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Prince Turki Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of Board of Directors of King Faisal Center for Islamic Research and Studies, has visited Australia on a several day tour, at the invitation of various academic, scientiďŹ c and Islamic institutions in Australia. Aswell as being Chairman of the Islamic Research Studies, Prince Turki also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, the International Crisis Group and the Centre for Contemporary Arab Continues next Page

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Prince Turki with NSW Premier Nathan Reece

Prince Turki visits Al-Risalah college, NSW î “e Prince, in company of the ambassador Hassan Nazer and several other accompanying delegates had also visited the Al-Risalah college in Sydney, where the delegation was received by the Schools Principal Mr. Ali Roude and the Schools Islamic Coordinator, whereby they met with students and teachers. After the tour the delegation were presented with entertainment, courtesy of the students followed by a luncheon which was held in the Prince's honour.

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Studies at Georgetown University. He is also a Commissioner at the International Commission on Nuclear NonProliferation and Disarmament. e Prince arrived at Sydney Airport earlier this month and was received by Saudi Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand H.E Hassan bin Talat Nazer. During his visit, Prince Turki Al-Faisal met with the Australian Trade Minister, MP Simon Crean and several members of the Saudi-Australian Parliamentary Friend-

ship Committee in Australia.e Prince also met with the NSW Premier Mr. Nathan Reece were they discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest and reflected on the two nations. e Prince reviewed a number of issues and current Arab and international crises, also highlighting Saudi Arabia's position on the issue of peace in the Middle East, and indicating that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the implementation of Arab peace initiative will push forward to finding solutions to other regional and international issues. Continues on Page 8


rofessor John Hearn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International, welcomed HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Hassan bin Talat Nazer, Saudi Ambassador to Australia and a delegation from the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies to the University of Sydney. e delegation was at the University to discuss options for further engagement in Saudi research and teaching programs in key focus areas of medicine, sciences, law, architecture, engineering and humanities and social sciences ahead of a possible University of Sydney 2010 delegation. Professor Hearn hosted a luncheon for HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, which included the Dean of Medicine, Professor Bruce Robinson, the Dean of Law, Professor Gillian Triggs, the Acting Dean of Education and Social Work, Professor Robyn Ewing and Associate Professor Ahmad Shboul, Chair of Department of Arab & Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Arts.

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Prof. John Hearn with Prince Turki (right) the delegation at Sydney University (left)

In his address at the luncheon, H.R.H highlighted the potential scope for development of sustainable linkages between the University and Saudi Arabia, especially with the King Faisal Research Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, of which Prince Turki is Chairman and Alfaisal University and Effet University both supported by the King Faisal Foundation.. Professor Hearn also hosted a roundtable session with senior leaders from across the University. HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal also met with around 20 Saudi students studying at universities across NSW and the ACT. e University of Sydney currently hosts 89 Saudi students studying across faculties, the majority of which are at undergraduate level, with a small but growing portion at PhD level. e main study areas for Saudi students are in the health sciences, sciences and medicine. e University of Sydney-Saudi Health program, launched in 2005, continues to be the University's flagship program for student engagement with Saudi Arabia with over 157 students involved in various stages of the program.


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he 4th round of free trade negotiations between GCC states and Australia has been held at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat, Oman this month. e GCC side was chaired by Shaikh Dr Abdulmalik bin Abdullah al Hinai, Under-Secretary for Economic Affairs, while the Australian side was chaired by Tim GCC talks held in Al Bustan Palce Hotel in Muscat, Yeend. Al Hinai said the talks which took Oman place mainly covered negotiations on commodities, services, trade, investment, govern- Addressing the party, Prince Turki al-Faisal emment purchases and intellectual property. Al phasized the values and meanings of moderation Hinai also said that the GCC has held excep- and dialogue in Islam and the fight against extremtional trade relations with Australia and that ism, which constitute a fundamental and importhere is wide scope for co-operation in tant part of the teachings and the nature of Islam, investment, trade and services in the near which is the religion of millions of Muslims future. around the world. Prince Turki also made remarks on Obama's trip Prince Turki visits Australia to the Middle East and urged the president to put words into action and help establish peace and seContinued from Page 6 curity in the Middle East. While on his visit, the Islamic Council in In an invitation to the Australian National UniverNew South Wales, hosted a dinner party in sity from the Arab and Islamic Studies Director his honour.e party was attended by forProf. Amin Saikal, the Prince applauded Obama’s mer Australian Prime Minister Malcolm words stating that he is heading in the right direcFraser, Multicultural Minister Laurie Fertion through with several agenda’s kept to promote guson, Saudi Ambassador to Australia Haspeace in the middle east, but says that it’s time for san Talat Nazer, a number of ambassadors “Obama to walk the walk, now that he has talked of Arab and Islamic states and several Austhe talk”. tralian delegates.

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