USA And Saudi’s Celebrated Its 75-Year Friendship With An Iconic Re-Enactment
On February 14, while everyone celebrated Valentine’s Day around the world (Saudi did too), the USA and KSA commemorated their 75 years of unity and strong relations.
Prince Sultan bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s grandson reenacted the historic meeting between King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy- 75 years ago.
The recreation of this photo was done during a celebration of the two nations’ 75-year-friendship
Footage of what transported King Abdulaziz to his meeting with US President Roosevelt shows the USS Murphy when it first set sail to Jeddah
On February 12, 1945, the #USS_Murphy was the first @USNavy vessel to visit #Jeddah! It transported Saudi King Abdulaziz for his historic meeting with U.S. President Roosevelt. #2020Together #Quincy75th pic.twitter.com/JREKjSiKTc
— U.S. Embassy Riyadh (@USAinKSA) February 12, 2020
A time machine of sorts: even gifts King Abdulaziz had brought along with him were re-discovered
One of King Abdulaziz Al- Saud’s many presents for President Roosevelt and his family included a brass cloisonne box, beautifully decorated with a floral design and with five pieces of ambergris inside.
In the #Quincy meeting, King Abdulaziz Al-Saud brought with him many gifts for President Roosevelt and his family, including this brass cloisonné box decorated with purple background and a floral design, containing five pieces of ambergris. #2020Together #Quincy75th pic.twitter.com/mgPGTmYja4
— U.S. Embassy Riyadh (@USAinKSA) February 9, 2020
Another present was a steel dagger in gold and a diamond-encrusted hilt and sheath
The 1945 #Quincy meeting between President Roosevelt King Abdulaziz included a gift by the King of this steel dagger in a gold and diamond encrusted hilt and sheath called “Arabian Dagger and Belt.” Follow the hashtag #Quincy75th to see more commemoration photos. #2020Together pic.twitter.com/ObGmrCNDZm
— U.S. Embassy Riyadh (@USAinKSA) February 6, 2020