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Islam is innocent of criminal acts

Washington, 13th September 2001—

Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the Kingdom's Ambassador to the United States, stressed here on Thursday that the Government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia utterly reject anyone with terrorist connections.

In a press statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Saudi television, CNN and CBS American television stations, Prince Bandar rejected mass media descriptions of Osama bin Laden as a “Saudi”. Prince Bandar pointed out that bin Laden's Saudi nationality had been withdrawn ten years ago because of his irresponsible acts.

Prince Bandar expressed hope that the mass media and politicians would not throw accusations arbitrarily against Muslims and Islam because Islam has nothing to do with those who committed these criminal acts, acts which violate of all divine religions and religious, moral and human values.

Prince Bandar added that there is no need for fear about oil supplies because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and members of OPEC are committed to maintaining stable oil prices and to meeting the demand for oil.

In response to reporters' questions about US reaction in the Middle East following the terrorist attack, he urged everyone not to anticipate events and to wait for the results of the investigations.

In reply to a question whether he had contacts with the American Administration, Prince Bandar said he had been in contact with Colin Powell, American Secretary of State, and Condalisa Rice, Advisor to President George W Bush for National Security Affairs.

He offered Saudi Arabia's complete assistance and cooperation in eradicating terrorism.

In response to a question that there is a concern that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would exploit recent events, Prince Bandar expressed deep concern over Sharon’s acts, pointing to the invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the recent practices against the Palestinians.

He stressed that what is currently happening in the Palestinian territories (the destruction of homes and the bombing of towns) is unprecedented. The US had not destroyed the home of Timothy McVeigh when that individual had perpetrated the Oklahoma bombing and British Prime Minister had not bombed towns in Ireland when terrorists attacked 10 Downing Street,” he added.

He emphasized that talks now must focus on the huge disaster in a friendly country but the plight of the Palestinian people, caused by the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, should not be forgotten.

Prince Bandar noted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suffered from terrorism and fully understands the stance of the US towards terrorist acts.

Source: SPA©


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