Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has been receiving messages from all over the world condemning the terrorist attack that took place in Yanbu in Madinah Province on Saturday and expressing condolences to the families of the victims, including a telephone call from Egyptian President Muhammed Hosni Mubarak.
British Ambassador to the Kingdom Sherard Cowper-Coles, at a press conference in Yanbu yesterday, conveyed condolences from Queen Elizabeth to victims of Saturday’s terrorist attack. Commenting that more than 60 countries worldwide faced the menace of terrorism last year, he referred to the attack in Yanbu as a "horrific crime", and gave assurances that the government and people of the United Kingdom stand beside the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He added that he personally felt that Saudi Arabia is a secure and stable country.
Meanwhile, Minister of Justice Dr. Abdullah Al-AsShaikh issued a statement yesterday stressing that terrorism is not tied to any particular country, nationality, religion, culture or civilization. Any attempt by a deviant group, he said, to harm the homeland of the Two Holy Mosques will fail, as terrorism has failed everywhere in the world. Terrorism, he reiterated, is a grave violation of the teachings of Islam.
At its session yesterday, the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) condemned the vicious attack in Yanbu, offered condolences to the families of the victims, denounced such acts of terror anywhere, urged international solidarity in confronting terrorism, and affirmed its support for the Saudi government in pursuing this deviant group until it is eradicated.