2001 News Story

Prince Nayef reiterates Kingdom's rejection of terrorism

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz has stressed in a media interview that the Kingdom, on the basis of the tolerant principles of Islam, rejects all acts of terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, he said, is against terrorism, and is desirous of cooperating with all countries of the world, and not just the United States, in order to fight it. He reiterated that Islam is against terrorism and against the killing of innocent people for any reason, and pointed out that the terrorist activities of Osama bin Laden were the reason that the Kingdom withdrew from him his Saudi nationality.  Moreover, he explained, two years ago Saudi Arabia's government froze its relations with the Taliban and since then has not provided it with any assistance. He added that Saudi authorities have no proof that financial support from private sources in the Kingdom and the countries of the Arabian Gulf was being provided to the Taliban. Prince Nayef also pointed out that League of Arab States was the first to unite in combating terrorism, with the agreement they signed in 1998.

Saudi Arabia, he declared, while cooperating fully with the United States, has not yet received details of the Saudi names included in the FBI list of hijackers aboard the places that hit strategic sites in New York and Washington DC, and cannot comment on whether or not they are in fact Saudi.