2002 Public Statement

Iraq response, radio news release by Adel Al-Jubeir, FOreign Policy Advisor to Crown Prince Abdullah
The dialogue below was released for general distribution, and has been widely broadcast.
ANCHOR LEAD:   Is Saudi Arabia friend or foe?  We take a look at America’s oldest Middle East ally. That story in 3, 2, 1 …

ANNOUNCER:      The alliance between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia has become strained over military action with Iraq.  While some in Washington are calling for armed conflict, the Saudis are demanding a diplomatic approach to Saddam Hussein. 

Adel Al Jubeir, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, shares his thoughts on U.S./Saudi relations.

AL-JUBEIR:        “We are worried that there are some people who are trying to push the United States into a war without thinking of the consequences or the costs.  We believe that there’s a process that one has to go through.  People need to think through the options, they need to think through the consequences.

ANNOUNCER:      Former American Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Richard Murphy, sees it the same way. 

MURPHY:           “I hope the administration takes into full account the effect of war, not just on Iraq, but on the region as a whole, to the future of the neighboring states including Saudi Arabia.

ANNOUNCER:     Robert Barber reporting.