Washington (Nov. 18)
Fahd of Saudi Arabia, who had been expected to visit Washington next month, may not come here until next year. This became apparent today when State Department deputy spokesman Alan Romberg said the U.S. and the Saudis were “working on a mutually convenient date” for Fahd’s visit. It could take place “after the first of the year,” he said.
Soon after the Senate approved the sale of five AWACS surveillance aircraft and enhancement equipment for F-15 jets to Saudi Arabia, a Saudi newspaper announced that Fahd would visit Washington Dec. I. But Romberg stressed today that the report was “erroneous” since a mutually agreeable date has not been set.
A State Department source said later that neither the U.S. nor the Saudis were holding up the visit but that they only have not been able to agree on a date that was convenient both to the Reagan Administration and Saudi Arabia.