2003 News Story

Prince Nayef's press conference addresses terrorism

Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz held a press conference yesterday after chairing a meeting of the Higher Commission for the Nayef bin Abdulaziz International Prize for the Prophet's Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies. He commented that the recent Riyadh bombing has no direct link with explosions in other countries, pointing out that the perpetrators' purpose was specifically to undermine the Kingdom's security terrorists, although clearly influenced by the ideology of Al-Qaeda. Prince Nayef rejected any possibility of conducting a dialogue with the terrorists, but gave assurances that any who surrender will be given lighter penalties. Urging the media to report accurately and consult the authorities, he referred to certain media reports on a Saudi-U.S. joint task force to go after Osama bin Laden, and said no such project has ever been discussed. He repeated that Osama bin Laden is no longer a Saudi national, and added that Saudi Arabia is ready to cooperate with any country to contain the menace of bin Laden and his colleagues.