2003 News Story

FBI chief praises Kingdom's support in war on terrorism

Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Interior Minister Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, and Assistant Interior Minister for security affairs Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz met in Riyadh yesterday with visiting Director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Robert Mueller. At a press conference, the FBI Director expressed his appreciation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for their support to the war against terrorism, notably after the May 12 incidents in Riyadh. He described as "great" the accomplishments of the Saudi authorities since May 12 not only in the arena of combating terrorism in the Kingdom but also worldwide, and commented that the experts sent to the Kingdom by the United States visited the three explosion sites, and found that their Saudi counterparts had "done an exceptional job in their investigations". Most of these experts have now left the Kingdom.

FBI Director Mueller affirmed that the procedures followed by Saudi authorities after May 12 had had a great impact on preventing the ability of the terrorists to carry out further acts of terrorism. He said he is looking forward to continuing cooperation between the two sides in the exchange of individuals, training and evidence relating to terrorism.