1999 News Story

Prince Bandar comments on Lockerbie affair

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, who is currently in Tripoli, has stated to the Libyan media his happiness at the decision of the United Nations to lift the UN sanctions imposed on Libya, following the handing-over of the suspects in the Lockerbie affair. Prince Bandar said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not only a mediator, but a partner for Libya, in bad times as in good, and expressed the hope that the two Libyan suspects, who have voluntarily handed themselves over, will be declared innocent and subsequently return home safely. Prince Bandar went on to urge the Arab media to refrain from quoting inaccurate reports circulated by the western media, and to demonstrate support for Libya. He pointed out how, along with Saudi Arabia and South Africa, many Arab leaders had made positive contributions to the settlement of the issue, in particular Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, King Hassan of Morocco, President Zine-al-abdine bin Ali of Tunisia, and the late King Hussein of Jordan. He gave thanks to Almighty God that the problem has been solved and that Libya from now on will be able to perform its role at the Arab level.