2004 Press Release

Prince Bandar affirms Saudi concern for Johnson case
Washington DC

Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan was disturbed to learn that the Fox News program ’The O’Reilly Factor’ had insinuated that Saudi authorities’ search for the remains of Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr. is haphazard and that Saudi Arabia is making it difficult for the Johnson family to travel to the Kingdom and ascertain directly the state of the search.

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia has been in touch with the family.  We grieve for their loss and we hope that God Almighty will grant them strength and patience as they go through this difficult time.

With regard to any difficulty obtaining a visa, Prince Bandar said, “The Embassy has not received any request from the Johnson family to visit Saudi Arabia.  If we receive any such request we would not hesitate to arrange for visas, facilitate their travel to the Kingdom, and arrange meetings with Saudi officials inside the Kingdom who could brief them on the progress of the search.”

This is a major tragedy.  Paul Marshall Johnson Jr. lived in Saudi Arabia for many years; he loved the country and its people.  He made many friends there.  According to Prince Bandar: “The search for his remains is a top priority for Saudi Arabia and we will do whatever we can to try to locate the body and restore it to the family so that they may bring this ordeal to closure.”