2005 News Story

Prince Turki clarifies dubious 'Alsharq Alawsat' comment

Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland Prince Turki Al-Faisal issued in London today a clarification concerning an interview published in the July 23, 2005 edition of the Arabic daily 'Alsharq Alawsat'. He expressed disagreement of the choice of heading for the article, saying the sentence "I broke the ice in London and I seek to break it in Washington" reflects neither Saudi-British nor Saudi-U.S. relations. There is no ice to be broken, he declared, and denied that this sentiment was ever uttered in his interview. Rhetoric, he said, seems to have overcome reporting accuracy.