2001 News Story

Prince Bandar assures safety of Saudi citizens in U.S.

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz reiterated yesterday that the Embassy in Washington DC is providing Saudi citizens in the United States with all possible facilities and assistance. Pointing out that most of the Saudis detained for questioning by U.S. authorities have been released, he refuted exaggerated reports about cases of violence against Saudi nationals. U.S. President George W. Bush and other senior U.S. officials, he said, have made it clear that the events of last Tuesday had nothing to do with Muslims and Arabs either inside or outside the United States, and urged their people to refrain from harming innocent persons on the grounds of religion or nationality. Prince Bandar added that Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz had discussed this point in his telephone call to President Bush.