Ambassador Al-Jubeir releases statement on 9/11 anniversary

September 11, 2011

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel A. Al-Jubeir issued a statement today marking the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. “Today marks the 10th anniversary of the terrible crime committed in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania in which almost 3,000 innocent people were killed in an evil act condemned and abhorred by all religions and cultures,” he said. “Over the past ten years, the world has come together to fight the scourge of terrorism with determination and resolve in order to, God-willing, deny terrorists the ability to inflict harm on the innocent. Today, we renew our condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and the people of the United States.”

Ambassador Al-Jubeir also attended a memorial ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts today, during which U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech.

Meanwhile, the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued its own statement today reiterating its condemnation of terrorism. “On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the OIC joins the international community in remembering the ugliness and cowardice of this terrorist act and the tragic loss of thousands of innocent human lives,” it said. The statement added: “The Organization of Islamic Cooperation avails itself of this occasion to reaffirm its firm position in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, as terrorism is a hateful disease that seeks to destroy the intrinsic value of man.”

The OIC confirmed its readiness to cooperate in any credible initiative aimed at addressing the root causes of terrorism and providing a more secure world for future generations.