Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Turki Al-Faisal discussed a variety of issues including the Iranian nuclear crisis and the war on terrorism in an interview with John McLaughlin that aired May 27 on NBC’s McLaughlin One on One.
Prince Turki was first asked whether he agreed with Israeli Prime Minister Olmert’s statement that Iran was the world’s leading sponsor of terror and could not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. Prince Turki responded by saying that Saudi Arabia wanted the entire Middle East region, including Israel, to be free of nuclear weapons, and that it would be possible for the US to engage Iran if that country complied with the relevant UN resolutions. President Bush and Secretary Rice both declared that diplomacy was the preferred method to deal with the crisis, Prince Turki pointed out.
The ambassador said that the Kingdom had diplomatic ties with Iran and was engaged in a dialogue with that nation on a variety of issues. When asked to comment if President Ahmadinejad should renounce his statements on Israel and the Holocaust, the ambassador said, “We are not for public statements on things like that.”
Prince Turki noted that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s latest audiotape was probably an effort to show that he was still aware of current affairs and to reveal that “he is in charge of terrorist activity that…Moussaoui was supposed to have been party to.”
Prince Turki asserted that it was important that bin Laden be captured and then pointed out that terror attacks in London, Madrid and Saudi Arabia have shown that terrorists were either directly connected to bin Laden, or at the very least, inspired by Al-Qaeda’s ideology.
Transcript of Prince Turki’s interview