Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today received a telephone call from U.S. President George W. Bush, who condemned Saturday’s criminal terrorist attack in Al-Khobar and praised the actions of the Saudi security forces, commenting that the rescue of a large number of hostages, thereby preventing further carnage, is a great security and humanitarian achievement. Crown Prince Abdullah affirmed that Saudi security officers will live up to their responsibility and that all Saudis stand by and support them.
The U.S. chargé d'affaires in the Kingdom Gary Grappo had already offered condolences to families of the victims, and praised the efforts of security officers in evacuating a number of U.S. citizens during the confrontation with terrorists. He described the Al-Khobar terrorist attack as the worst of evils, and urged the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate terrorism and prevent such crimes.
Condolences and condemnations of the attack have been pouring in from heads of state, senior officials, international organizations, and individuals from all over the world.