2001 News Story

Interior minister holds press conference

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz held a press conference yesterday following the graduation ceremony at the Nayef Arab Academy for Security Sciences in Riyadh.

Intelligence authorities, he said, had identified the perpetrators involved in the bombing incidents in Riyadh and Al-Khobar, and full details will be announced soon.
Concerning the trial of the expatriates (Canadian, British, and Belgian) accused of being involved in explosion incidents in Riyadh, he said that the case will be referred to the judicial authorities once the investigations are completed.
On obstacles preventing the Kingdom's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Prince Nayef stated that Saudi Arabia's concern is "to play a positive and influential role in the field of international trade, while at the same time preserving its national characteristics and deep-rooted Islamic values. We can neither tolerate cultural invasion nor ideologies that contradict with our fundamental principles."
Asked about the incident of Iraqi penetration of Saudi borders, Prince Nayef declared that reports were exaggerated, that a number of Iraqi nationals did cross the border, and one was killed in crossfire. The incident, he said, while minor, involved gross violation, and such matters can never be tolerated.
On false allegations about violation of human rights in Saudi Arabia, Prince Nayef said that those who make such allegations do not want shariah [Islamic law] to be implemented, and yet Islam respects human rights. "We turn a deaf ear to such allegations," he declared.
On reports concerning an anti-terrorism force set up by the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Prince Nayef explained that each GCC state has its own anti-terrorism force, and they cooperate.