2004 Press Release

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia launches new advertising campaign
Ads to Reinforce Findings of 9-11 Commission Report - Washington DC

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC announced today the launch of a nationwide radio advertising campaign designed to publicize the recently released findings of the bipartisan and independent National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.  The ads aim to echo the findings of the 9-11 Commission and reinforce Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the war on terrorism.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal recently stated:  “The 9-11 Commission has put to rest the false accusations that have cast fear and doubt over Saudi Arabia.  For too long, Saudi Arabia stood morbidly accused of funding and supporting terrorism …… The government and the people of Saudi Arabia are engaged in a determined and deadly battle with Al-Qaeda forces.  This is a battle that we cannot and will not lose, God willing.  But to succeed, we need encouragement, not recrimination; we need partners, not prejudice; and we need cooperation, not condemnation.”

The 9-11 Commission confirmed that it has found no evidence that the government of Saudi Arabia funded Al-Qaeda.  The Commission also concluded that the post 9-11 flights that repatriated Saudi citizens, including members of the bin Laden family, were investigated by the FBI and “no one with known links to terrorism departed on these flights.”  Furthermore, the Commission confirmed accounts of Saudi Arabia’s attempts to capture Osama bin Laden prior to 9-11 and efforts to foil Al-Qaeda terror attacks inside the Kingdom as early as 1998.