Fact Sheets

Combating Terrorist Financing

Saudi Arabia has put in place one of the world’s strictest financial control systems to prevent funds from going to support terrorism.
Fighting and Defeating Daesh

Saudi Arabia is the main target of Daesh and other terror groups because it is the birthplace of Islam and home to the Two Holy Mosques. Saudi Arabia continues to expand and intensify its counterterrorism initiatives, as terrorism remains a major threat to the safety and security of our citizenry and the global community.

Saudi-U.S. Relations

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America have a longstanding relationship dating back to the 1930s, when American businessmen first travelled to the Kingdom to help develop the country’s natural resources.

Efforts to Combat Extremism

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemns terrorism in all its forms. The Kingdom itself has been a frequent target of terrorists. As home of the Two Holy Mosques of Islam, in Makkah and Madinah,Saudi Arabia stands as a target of extremists and terrorists who aim to subvert the country’s faith.

Combating Terrorism and Terror Financing

Saudi Arabia is committed to stopping terrorism in all its forms. The Kingdom is pursuing the men, the money, and the mindsets that support this global threat. It has forged partnerships with multilateral organizations and foreign governments to protect national security and reinforce counterterrorism strategies.

Political, Economic and Development Initiatives

During the last 50 years, Saudi Arabia has experienced rapid economic development and corresponding societal and political change. To balance this with the nation’s rich cultural and religious heritage and facilitate continued progress, the Saudi government has undertaken a number of political and economic initiatives to encourage political participation, promote economic growth, increase foreign investment and expand opportunities for its citizens.

Promoting Peace

Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. As home of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia feels a special obligation to promote peace and stability in areas beyond its borders, particularly among its immediate neighbors.

Council of Senior Ulema Fatwa on Terror-Financing 

(Original Arabic text and English translation)

The Council of Senior Ulema considers the ruling on the “financing of terrorism” by judging that “terrorism” is a crime aiming at destabilizing security, and constitutes a grave offense against innocent lives as well as against properties whether public or private; such as: blowing up of dwellings, schools, hospitals, factories, bridges; airplanes (including hijacking), oil and pipelines, or any similar acts of destruction or subversion outlawed by the Islamic Shariah [law].


Grand Mufti Denounces Attacks on Diplomats and Embassies as un-Islamic

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Shaikh Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh, who is also Chairman of the Council of Senior Ulema (religious scholars) and the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, on September 15, 2012, denounced attacks on diplomats and embassies as un-Islamic.
Yemen: Operation Renewal of Hope

In March 2015, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia responded to an appeal for assistance from Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi by forming an international coalition and launching military operations in support of the people of Yemen and the legitimate government of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and the Crisis in Syria

Saudi Arabia has been an international leader in seeking a solution to the crisis in Syria, through financial, military and diplomatic means. Saudi Arabia has been one of the largest providers of aid to Syria’s people, and has taken in millions of citizens from the war-torn country.