In an interview published today in the English-language Saudi Gazette, Shaikh Saleh bin Luheidan, Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) and member of the senior council of ulema (religious scholars), has strongly criticized Osama bin Ladin and his followers for their call to jihad [holy war] and for linking the security of Palestine with the security of the American people.
"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stood wholeheartedly by the brotherly Afghani people during their heroic struggle to achieve independence. This struggle accorded Afghanistan a special status in the hearts of the supporters of the rights of people everywhere to freedom and independence, until God Almighty made possible the victory and Afghanistan regained its independence and freedom.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today issued the following statement:
In light of the recent tragic events in the United States, Saudi Arabia has cancelled all of our National Day celebrations scheduled around the world for September 23. We have done this in sympathy for the victims, out of hope for the injured and out of respect for all the people of the United States of America. As we grieve with you, Saudi Arabia would like every American to know that we condemn these terrorist attacks and seek to bring those responsible to justice.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has condemned the "regrettable and inhuman bombings and attacks" which took place today at the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, and the Pentagon building in Washington DC. An official statement issued today said that Saudi Arabia strongly condemns such acts, which contravene all religious values and human civilized concepts; and extends sincere condolences to the families of the victims, to U.S. President George W. Bush and to the U.S. people in general.
An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued the following statement:
Prince Al-Moataz Ibn Saud Ibn Abdul Aziz, Director-General of the Office of the National Guard in Washington DC, today stressed that the choice of Riyadh as the cultural capital of the Arab world for the year 2000 is a reflection of the prestigious role that Saudi Arabia plays in cultural fields.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC yesterday issued the following clarification:
In view of inaccurate reports disseminated by some news agencies that Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz cut short his official visit to the United States, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC would like to make it clear that Prince Sultan completed all scheduled meetings during his official visit to Washington DC from 1st to 4th of November.
The Royal Court today announced the death early this morning at the age of 90, of Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Baz.
Shaikh Bin Baz was Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the Committee of Senior Ulama [religious scholars] and Chairman of the Department of Scientific Research and Ifta [guidance].
In reply to a question from the Saudi Press Agency regarding news out of South Africa, His Royal Highness Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador to Washington reaffirmed the contents of that statement and confirmed having reached positive results in the Lockerbie case. Prince Bandar said: