Prince Saud opposes talks with pirates

November 22, 2008

During a press conference in Oslo, Norway yesterday, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal reiterated Saudi Arabia’s opposition to negotiating with the pirates who seized a Saudi-owned oil supertanker on November 12.


The Sirius Star, which belongs to a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, was hijacked approximately 420 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. Its captors are demanding a multimillion dollar ransom.

Prince Saud called for international efforts to put an end to piracy. "Like terrorism, it is an evil that has to be eradicated," he said, adding that the Kingdom is ready to participate in a multinational marine force to confront the pirates.

Prince Saud said that his government is not encouraging the owners of the tanker to engage in negotiations.

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