Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, in a televised CNN interview last night, stressed the Kingdom's stand along side the United States in the fight against terrorism. He praised the success of U.S. President George W. Bush in building an international coalition of 100 countries in support of efforts to eradicate terrorism, which he described as an unconventional threat that must be met with political, economic, and intelligence as well as military options. Prince Bandar reaffirmed Saudi Arabia's unwavering stand, without reservations, against the perpetrators of terrorism and those who shelter them, commenting that the use of stolen Saudi passports and identification cards by some of the terrorists was clearly part of a scheme directed against the Kingdom's interests.
Prince Bandar praised the support given by the United Nations and the Security Council to the on-going efforts to confront terrorism and to freeze all its associated financial resources. Reiterating that true Muslims would never engage in acts of terrorism or the killing of innocent people, he cited the recent statements on terrorism by the Kingdom's ulema (Islamic scholars).