2001 Press Release

Officials reconfirm Saudi commitment to freeze terrorist assets

In response to recent media reports that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has not cooperated with the United States in the fight against terrorism, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia refers to two recent press conferences where top Bush Administration officials reaffirmed Saudi Arabia's commitment to U.S. efforts:

Wednesday, November 28, 2001
White House Press Briefing with Press Secretary Ari Fleischer:

Q:  "Ari, how would you rate the level of Saudi cooperation in response to the President's call to freeze the assets of certain terrorists and suspected terrorist organizations?"

Fleischer:  "It remains strong.  The President and Secretary O'Neill are satisfied and are pleased with Saudi cooperation on the financial as well as many other fronts in the war on terrorism."

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
State Department Press Briefing with Press Spokesman Richard Boucher

Q:  " ... Is it true that you guys have not yet gotten cooperation on some specifics from the Saudis, and that you're sending a team there to try and work (this) out with them?"

Boucher:  " ...  I would say what we have said before.  We have established very good -- excellent cooperation with Saudi Arabia in a whole host of areas involving the campaign against terrorism.  

You have seen, I think, the kinds of orders, instructions, decrees, decisions that they have imposed in terms of financial controls in Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia – as the Secretary has said -- has been prominent among the countries acting against the accounts of terrorist organizations."