2006 Public Statement

Saudi response to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial
Letter to the editor by Nail Al-Jubeir, Director of the Saudi Information Office, published by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sept. 6:

The Trib's editorial “Saudi blood money” reports several inaccuracies (Aug. 24 and PghTrib.com).

The International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) is not a Saudi organization; it is a nongovernmental, multinational organization based in the Kingdom with offices throughout the world. It therefore requires oversight from multinational enforcement entities, including those in Saudi Arabia and the United States.

For its part, the Kingdom has implemented all 40 recommendations on money laundering and all eight recommendations on terrorism financing set by the Financial Action Task Force of the G-8, which has reviewed and attested to the Kingdom's capabilities. A moratorium is also enforced prohibiting charities, including multilateral organizations, from transferring money abroad.

The editorial additionally states incorrectly that the Saudi government did not investigate the 9/11 hijackers. The Kingdom's investigations of the 9/11 terrorists, as well as other terrorists, have resulted in the breakup of numerous al-Qaida cells, the arrest of al-Qaida leaders and the prevention of more than 50 terrorist attacks.

The U.S. government is fully aware of this fact, and U.S. officials have repeatedly praised the Kingdom for its efforts in this regard.

I hope in the future you take these facts into consideration when reporting on the Kingdom's role in combating the terrorist threat throughout the world.