2002 Public Statement

Saudi Counter-Terrorism Plan
The dialogue below was released on November 3, 2002, for general distribution, and has been widely broadcast.

ANCHOR LEAD:   Since September 11th, the government of Saudi Arabia has come under criticism in some quarters for not doing enough in the war on terror.  The Saudis have now released a plan to beef up their counter terrorism efforts.  That story in 3, 2, 1 …

ANNOUNCER:      The Saudi Arabian government has been criticized for being ineffective in the war on terror.  This week, the Saudis unveiled some new counter terrorism efforts.   The plan includes greater oversight of charities, freezing terrorist assets and more extensive intelligence operations inside Saudi Arabia.  Responding to those who allege strained U.S./Saudi relations in the war against Al Qaeda, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Adel Al-Jubeir, had this to say:

AL-JUBEIR:        “In the fight on terrorism, we are in the same boat.  We are the two countries that are most threatened by this organization.  And we are the two countries against whom this organization has taken action.

ANNOUNCER:      Robert Barber reporting.