Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Saudi Aramco Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Saudi Aramco Celebrates 75th Anniversary

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DAVID BOSCH, director of the Washington, DC office of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), welcomed guests to an elegant May 1 reception and dinner at the Library of Congress to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Aramco. Mary Jane Deeb, chief of the Library's African and Middle East Division, spoke about the priceless collection housed in the nearby rooms before introducing Dr. James Billington, the Librarian of Congress.

This was the perfect setting for an inspiring talk by Abdullah S. Jum'ah, the president and chief executive officer of Saudi Aramco, which manages the world's largest proven oil reserves, and whom Bosch described as a "lover of books."

"Great things are possible through cooperation and sharing of knowledge," Jum'ah told guests. "For decades Americans and Saudis have lived and worked together, raising their families side by side, and forging lifelong friendships at Aramco. Together we have accomplished feats which benefitted the world."

In addition, Jum'ah said, every Saudi student who studied in the United States also made friends who helped ease their transition into American society. …

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