2004 Transcript

Prince Bandar bin Sultan interviewed on Fox News

The following is the transcript of the telephone call made by Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan to Fox News on May 29, 2004, when under discussion was the ongoing hostage situation following the terrorist attack in Al-Khobar in the Eastern Province.

We have now on the phone the Saudi ambassador to the United States, his royal highness, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who is there giving us the very latest from the situation. Prince Bandar, I understand, your highness, you're in Washington. What are you hearing, though, from Saudi Arabia?

PRINCE BANDAR BIN SULTAN, SAUDI AMBASSADOR TO U.S.: The terrorists are still holding some hostages. This attack by those evil people resulted in the death of a number of people, Saudis and other than Saudis.

And my country is determined to fight those people to the end, because they are evil, and they have hijacked a great religion and a great people's name, the Saudi people. And therefore we're going to go after them until we destroy them.

COSBY: Your highness, we're hearing that just in the last few minutes, it sounds like Saudi forces are, indeed, storming the compound. Can you confirm that, that there's obviously no negotiating at this point with these terrorists?

BIN SULTAN: I can confirm that there are no negotiations, and I can confirm that there are exchanges of fire. But I cannot confirm that they have stormed the place.

The reason I called, Rita, actually, was to talk to your proceeding program, the former congressman, because I thought some of his analysts were a little bit misguided. They thought they were attacking Saudi Arabia, instead of the enemy, and that gives some comfort to the enemy.

And the enemy's our enemy and your enemy, an enemy of civilization. And it's sad that some people don't like to take yes for an answer.

President Reagan used to say facts are stubborn things. And the fact is, Saudi Arabia is fighting the terrorism, fully, absolutely without compromise. And it's not fair to keep questioning that at such a time when we are in the middle of a fight.

Plus, I would like to give you some good news. Seven American hostages have been released, rescued by Saudi police. Two are wounded and five are safe.

Now I don't think those Saudi soldiers or their commander, Prince Nayef, would look kindly on their risking their lives for those people while some Americans here are attacking Saudi Arabia.

COSBY: What do you say, though, your highness, to people who say that there are still some people in Saudi government, senior officials, who are still sort of playing it both ways.

BIN SULTAN: Yes, that is exactly why I called. I was really upset with the former congressman, because he should know better.

Does it make sense to you that we would be playing it both ways with people who swore to destroy our nation? That is -- that is just hogwash.

The reality is, please don't rely on lightweight analysts who don't even know where Saudi Arabia is. Talk to the director of the FBI, the director of the CIA, the Secretary of State, the national security adviser to the President, to the President, the Vice-President. They will tell you that Saudi Arabia is in the forefront, fighting those people aggressively.

COSBY: Well, Prince Bandar, we appreciate your highness calling in. We appreciate you also responding to what you were saying on the earlier show, and you are welcome back anytime, sir. Thank you very much.