In a press conference yesterday Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and
Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz said that his talks with
visiting U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen reviewed obtaining, managing and updating
various weapons. He added that there was nothing new, and the visit was just one of
friendship. They also discussed the failure of Iraq to comply with the UN resolutions.
Asked if he had briefed Secretary Cohen on the investigation of Hani Al-Sayegh, accused of
being involved in the Al-Khobar explosion, Prince Sultan stated that there is ongoing
contact between the Saudi Ministry of the Interior and the concerned authorities in the
United States of America. He declared that the dimensions of this crime run counter to the
teachings of Islam, and Saudi Arabia is as concerned as the USA to find the perpetrator. As
for Al-Sayegh himself, Prince Sultan said he is in his homeland, and has received visits
from his mother and his wife. He added that the matter is now subject to Islamic Shariah
[Law]. To a further question on whether Saudi Arabia had requested U.S. assistance in the
pursuit of the three suspects mentioned by Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz,
he said that the two countries were in full agreement on following up such matters.