“The murder of an American citizen in Riyadh today was a vicious crime perpetrated by cowards who serve no cause but hatred. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the victim’s family in this difficult time. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will bring those responsible to justice, God willing; and the Saudi people will not allow anyone to threaten the safety of their country, its citizens or its guests.
“The terrorists that are responsible for such inhuman acts are trying to undermine the Saudi state, destabilize our economy and terrorize our friends who have come to live, work and invest in the Kingdom. We are at war with these terrorists. There is no chance that they will succeed because the collective will of the Saudi people rejects their goals.”