2004 Press Release
 

07/22/2004
Facts about Saudi Arabia in 9-11 Commission report

Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan stated:

“The 9-11 Commission has confirmed what we have been saying all along. 
The clear statements by this independent, bipartisan commission have debunked the myths that have cast fear and doubt over Saudi Arabia.”


1. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF SAUDI GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF
     AL-QAEDA

The 9-11 Commission confirmed that it has found no evidence that the government of Saudi Arabia funded Al-Qaeda.  The 9-11 Commission also confirmed that it has found no evidence that the 9-11 hijackers received funding from Saudi citizen Omar Al-Bayoumi, or from Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, wife of Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan. 

 

2. SAUDI FLIGHTS WERE INVESTIGATED AND HANDLED
     PROFESSIONALLY

Despite accusations by Craig Unger, Michael Moore and others, the post 9-11 flights that repatriated Saudi citizens, including members of the bin Laden family, were investigated by the FBI and “no one with known links to terrorism departed on these flights”.


3. THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT WAS PURSUING BIN LADEN PRIOR
     TO THE ATTACKS ON THE U.S.

The 9-11 Commission confirmed accounts of Saudi Arabia’s attempts to capture Osama bin Laden prior to 9-11 and efforts to foil Al-Qaeda terror attacks inside the Kingdom as early as 1998.  The Saudi Arabian government was pursuing bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network before the 9-11 attacks, and these terrorists, in turn, were pursuing targets inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before those attacks on the United States.  Osama bin Laden fled Saudi Arabia 10 years before the 9-11 attacks.  The government of Saudi Arabia revoked his citizenship in 1994.  In 1996, he publicly denounced the government of Saudi Arabia.

   

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