2003 News Story

Al-Bayoumi and Bassnan not government agents
WASHINGTON -- Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador to the United States, issued the following statement today with regards to references of Omar Al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan as "Saudi Agents":

"Reports that Omar Al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan are agents of the Saudi Government are baseless and not true. We have publicly and repeatedly said so. It is unfortunate that reports keep circulating in the media describing them as agents of the Saudi government with attribution only to anonymous officials. This is blatantly false.

"It is unfortunate that since the tragic events of 9-11 some have tried to malign our country, our people by leveling charges based on rumor, innuendo and untruths. American officials, including the President, have repeatedly and publicly attested to Saudi Arabian commitment to fighting terrorism."