The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has closely followed the initiative announced by U.S. President George W. Bush in his latest speech. It has also followed with great care the reactions that followed, particularly that of the Palestinian leadership.
The President’s initiative contained several positive elements, including a clear American commitment to finding a solution to the crisis in the Middle East It is imperative that the United States assume a vital role in this respect.
The following statement is a summary of comments made by Adel Al-Jubeir, Foreign Policy Advisor to Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains committed to the peace process and is working closely with the United States and President George W. Bush to help bring about an end to violence in the Middle East. In spite of the many obstacles, Saudi Arabia is determined to find a just solution to the conflict.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has asked Interpol to arrest 750 people, many of whom are suspected of being involved in money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist-related activities. This is in addition to a total of 1,207 cases of crime in which the Kingdom has contacted the 179-nation international police organization, seeking cooperation to solve the cases.
His Royal Highness Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States, today responded to false Israeli charges that the Kingdom funds terrorist activities, and issued the following statement:
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regards allegations made by Israel in connection to funding of terrorist activities, “totally baseless and false.”
His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, issued the following statement at the conclusion of the visit of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to the United States:
“There was a telephone conversation between the two leaders in which the Crown Prince thanked the President of the United States for the warm hospitality extended to him.
“The two leaders reaffirmed the historical and rock-solid relationship which reflects the strategic interest of the two countries.
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal today announced that Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz had presented an eight-point list of proposed agreements for peace in the Middle East to U.S. President George W. Bush during their lengthy meeting yesterday at the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
His Royal Highness Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador to the United States, issued the following statement on the meeting of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and President George W. Bush on Thursday, April 25, 2002.
"The meeting was extremely warm and cordial. Both leaders had a frank and detailed exchange of views on many different topics, but spent a substantial time and effort on the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the situation in the Middle East.
In the Name of God, the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate
Praise be to God Almighty, the knower of the unseen and the unknown who revealed the following in the Holy Qur'an: “Dispute not one with another lest ye falter and your strength depart from you.” Peace and prayer be upon the prophet of mercy, who urged that ranks and objectives be unified by stating that “the believers in their amicability, compassion and warmth are like the human body; if an organ feels an ailment, the rest of the body will react with pain and sleeplessness.”
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is firmly committed to its Islamic and humanitarian obligations towards those less fortunate and in need. In this regard, it pursues policies which accord with the true meaning of Islam, which rejects exaggeration and extremism, and which make it incumbent upon all to combat terrorism and eliminate its sources of funding in every way possible. The Kingdom has taken steps in this regard which conform to United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1333 on international cooperation in this area.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the co-chairs of the Tokyo International Ministerial Conference on Afghan Aid, has pledged $220 million for the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
This contribution, one of the largest pledged, reflects the Kingdom’s commitment to the rebuilding of Afghanistan and the well being of its people.
This contribution is consistent with the Kingdom’s commitment to the Afghan people and it comes on the heels of large-scale donations of food, medicine and clothing that has helped alleviate the suffering of the innocent victims in Afghanistan.