Public awareness campaign aims to educate Saudi citizens about the realities and danger of extremism and terrorism
(WASHINGTON, DC) - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is hosting delegates from over 50 countries, including 15 from the Arab World, as well as representatives from several international organizations, for the first Counter-Terrorism International Conference. The event, being held in Riyadh February 5-8, aims to develop specific proposals for improving bilateral, regional and international cooperation on counter-terrorism. The conference will also focus on improving capabilities to combat terror financing, money laundering, and drug trafficking.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, issued the following statement:
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is very gratified with the decision by the United States District Court of New York to dismiss lawsuits against the Saudi government, government officials, leading financial institutions and prominent businessmen, who were charged with financing the 9/11 attacks.
Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank pledges $500 million
(WASHINGTON, DC) - An ongoing national fundraising event on Saudi television has raised more than $65 million in cash as of midnight Riyadh time (4 p.m., Thursday, EST) to donate to the victims of the tsunami. Proceeds from this fundraiser, held January 6, are in addition to the $30 million in aid Saudi Arabia has pledged thus far. This amount does not include in-kind contributions from Saudi citizens and companies. The first planes carrying relief supplies began arriving in the region on Sunday, January 2.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is tripling its emergency humanitarian aid to the victims of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean region to U.S. $30 million in view of the recent assessment of the magnitude of the tragedy. The Kingdom’s assistance will be coordinated with United Nations agencies in order to ensure speedy and effective delivery of aid to the victims of this disaster. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will continue to reassess the situation.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz have issued directives for a national fundraising event on Saudi television to be held on January 6 for the victims of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean region.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Today, the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United States have asked the UN Sanctions Committee to designate four branch offices of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation as financial supporters of terrorism. The branches are located in Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan and Indonesia and subject to the laws and regulations of those countries. Saudi and U.S. authorities have determined that these branches of Al-Haramain have been infiltrated by individuals who have supported terrorist activities and terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - The King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue recently concluded its Second National Forum for Intellectual Dialogue. The forum was entitled 'Extremism and Moderation: A Comprehensive Approach'. Some 60 participants, both men and women, discussed fifteen academic papers prepared by researchers on topics such as "Characteristics of the Extremist Personality" and "The Relationship Between Ruler and Ruled, Rights and Duties of Citizens and Their Relationship with Extremism".
(WASHINGTON, DC) - While in Tunis for the 21st session of the Arab Interior Ministers Council, Minister of Interior and Honorary President of the Council Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz called for better coordination of counterterrorism efforts throughout the Arab world.
The following quotes from leaders of the United States express the high level of cooperation and leadership Saudi Arabia provides in the War on Terrorism and other issues of mutual concern:
CIA Director George Tenet in Senate testimony February 11, 2003: “Others in the Gulf are beginning to tackle the problem of charities that front for or fund terrorism. The Saudis are providing increasingly important support to our counter-terrorism efforts, from arrests to sharing debriefing results.”