US buys 26-acre property for new embassy in Riyadh

The United States has acquired a 26-acre property in the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh, marking an important milestone in the long history of Saudi-US relations.

US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John P. Abizaid on Tuesday finalized the purchase of the property, the embassy said in a press statement.

The acquisition will allow the US to begin construction of a new, modern facility that will support the Washington’s strong and enduring partnership with the Kingdom.

During the signing ceremony, Ambassador Abizaid thanked the Saudi government and the Royal Commission of Riyadh City for their assistance and cooperation in obtaining the property and described the new embassy compound as a symbol of the enduring partnership between the US and Saudi Arabia going back more than 75 years.

The new embassy project, together with the recently opened new consulate in Jeddah and the ongoing construction of a new consulate in Dhahran, represents a combined US investment of over $1 billion in Saudi Arabia.

During his meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan in Washington on Oct. 14, 2020, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo described the investment in these facilities as proof of “a mutual willingness to grow not only (…) security and economic ties, but (the) whole partnership” between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

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