In another successful joint anti-terrorism action, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States haven taken steps to freeze the assets of a close bin Ladin aide. Wa’el Hamza Julaidan, a Saudi fugitive, is believed to have funneled money to al-Qaeda.
“We are hunting them down, one by one,” said Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Ambassador to the United States. “Through close cooperation with the United States, we have been able to identify the financial network that supports bin Ladin and take the steps necessary to shut it down.”
(JEDDAH) - As the world marks this first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia sends a message on behalf of the Saudi people to America. In a letter conveyed to President Bush and the American people, Crown Prince Abdullah wrote:
On the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the American people, I take the opportunity to renew to you and the families of the victims and indeed the entire American nation, the sincere condolences and sympathy of the Saudi people and myself.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC wishes to clarify several misleading media reports linking the upcoming conference on September 11 in London sponsored by United Kingdom-based radical groups, including Al-Muhajiroun, with Saudi Arabia.
Calling cases of child abduction “a human tragedy”, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has called for a mechanism that can provide a practical and workable way to resolve these very difficult and delicate situations, saying: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia deplores the taking of a child without the consent of both parents.”
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has committed, on a per capita basis, more to the rebuilding of Afghanistan, than any of the major donors. From 2001 to date, the total amount of aid pledged to Afghanistan by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is over U.S. $233 million. This is in addition to $37 million donated by Saudi citizens as of the end of 2001.
Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met in Jeddah on Sunday with a U.S. congressional delegation led by Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana, Chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, and including Congressman Benjamin Gilman of New York, Chairman of the International Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East; Congressman Bernard Sanders of Vermont; Congressman William Delahunt of Massachusetts; Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan; and Congressman Brian Kerns of Indiana. The meeting was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC wishes to clarify a report made today in The New York Times regarding the racehorse 'War Emblem'. The horse is owned by a private corporation and not the government of Saudi Arabia. In addition, the references to 'War Emblem' are not accurate.
(JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA) - HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today emphasized the strength of U.S.-Saudi relations, and reiterated that the two countries have been friends and allies for over 60 years. Prince Saud described the bilateral relationship as "excellent in all fields".
Prince Saud described as "pure fiction" the contents of a briefing given by Laurent Murawiec of the Rand Corporation to the U.S. Defense Policy Board on July 10, 2002, in which he described the Kingdom as an enemy of the United States.
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.