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US Embassy Celebrates 248th Independence Day with Shared US-Saudi Vision for Space Exploration

The Ambassador extended a warm welcome to the guest of honor, Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz bin Ayyaf, Mayor of Riyadh Region, as well as Saudi officials, hundreds of Saudi guests, and visitors from Washington, including members of the US Congress.

The US Embassy in Riyadh celebrated the 248th anniversary of Independence Day with a reception hosted by Ambassador Michael Ratney. The event, attended by guest of honor Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz bin Ayyaf, Riyadh Region mayor, highlighted the future of US-Saudi cooperation in space.

The space-themed reception symbolized the potential of space exploration, research, and commercial development. Ratney emphasized the shared ambition of the United States and Saudi Arabia in embracing opportunities in space, positioning both countries as pioneers in innovation.

The event showcased past achievements like the 1969 moon landing and highlighted ongoing advancements in commercial space exploration. Ratney also recognized Saudi pioneers in space travel, such as Prince Sultan bin Salman, and astronauts Rayyanah Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni.

An art installation, “Museum of the Moon,” featuring NASA’s imagery of the lunar surface, added to the atmosphere. The collaboration between the US and Saudi Arabia extends beyond space to diplomacy, commerce, culture, and more.

The US is committed to enhancing shared interests in security and prosperity in the region, exploring new partnerships in areas like arts, education, entertainment, and tourism. Both countries are exploring further cooperation, including potential joint ventures in space, to strengthen their relationship.