2004 Press Release

9-11 Commission states there is no evidence of Saudi government funding of Al-Qaeda
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC has issued the following statement concerning the published findings of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

The 9-11 Commission confirmed today that it has found no evidence that the government of Saudi Arabia funded Al-Qaeda.  The 9-11 Commission also confirmed that it has found no evidence that the 9-11 hijackers received funding from Saudi citizens Omar Al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan, or from Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, wife of Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan. 

According to the 9-11 Commission’s Staff Statement No. 15: “…we found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior officials within the Saudi government funded al Qaeda.”

According to the 9-11 Commission’s Staff Statement No. 16: “No credible evidence exists that the operatives received substantial funding from any person in the United States.  Specifically, there is no evidence that Mihdhar and Hazmi received funding from Saudi citizens Omar al Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan, or that Saudi Princess Haifa al Faisal provided any funds to the conspiracy either directly or indirectly.”

Adel Al-Jubeir, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Crown Prince Abdullah, stated: “The 9-11 Commission has dispelled two of the most outrageous myths about Saudi Arabia.  Unlike the insinuations in a previous Congressional report, which perpetuated these myths instead of investigating them, now there are clear statements by an independent commission that separate fact from fiction.”

Recently, Saudi Arabia has received praise both internationally and in the United States for its efforts in the financial war on terrorism.  A report by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international organization established by G-8 nations, concludes that Saudi Arabia is “in line with the best international practices” and meets or exceeds all FATF recommendations in the areas of money laundering and terrorist financing.