(WASHINGTON, DC) - Saudi security forces have arrested five individuals, all of Chadian nationality, suspected of terrorist activity, including efforts to finance an Al-Qaeda cell by carrying out a series of armed robberies in Jeddah over a two-month period last year. Three of the suspects are connected to the murder of French citizen Laurent Barbot on September 25, 2004, and to the robbery at the British Airways office in Jeddah on August 25, 2004.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - The following press release was issued in Washington DC on May 13, 2005 on the occasion of a tour of the United States by a delegation from the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
The following press release was issued in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2005.
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.