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.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC today issued the following press release in which Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz responds to the recent statement by U.S. Senator Levin.
"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia prohibits the teaching of hatred and violence. Charges that Saudis fund schools that do so are baseless and lack an understanding of our society, culture and laws.
As a result of the inaccuracies and misinformation surrounding the Ajyad Fort in Makkah, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia would like to clarify this matter.
It is the policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as custodian of the of the two holy mosques, to ensure that pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque, the holiest site in Islam, can perform their religious obligations in the safest and most comfortable manner possible. As a result, the infrastructure of the Grand Mosque and the areas surrounding it, are continuously developed and upgraded.
In response to a question about the latest Bin Ladin tape, HRH Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Kingdom's Ambassador to Washington made the following comment:
In response to media reports that a member of the Saudi Royal Family, Prince Majid bin Abdulaziz, was captured while fighting for the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization in Afghanistan, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia would like to clarify the following:
HRH Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Kingdom's Ambassador to the United States, in response to questions regarding Thursday's release of the bin Ladin tape stated the following:
The Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC released a report today outlining actions the government has taken since September 11 to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism activities. The report was released by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), the Kingdom's central bank. SAMA supervises commercial banks, manages the Kingdom’s foreign exchange reserves and conducts monetary policy.