Reaction to terrorist outrages in the USA (11th Sep, 2001)

OFFICAL STATEMENT FROM RIYADH

Riyadh, 11th September 2001

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemned the inhuman bombings and attacks which took place today at the two-tower World Trade Centre in Manhattan, New York, and at the Pentagon, Washington D. C., the United States.

An official source said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strongly condemns such acts which contravene all religious values and concepts of civilized human behaviour and extends sincere condolences to the families of the victims, US President George W. Bush and the US people in general.

The source emphasized the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's condemnation of terrorism and its constant work with the international community to combat all forms of terrorism.

Source: SPA

EXTRACT FROM WEEKLY CABINET MEETING

Jiddah, 17th September, 2001

In a brief to the Saudi Press Agency following the meeting, Dr Fouad Al Farsy, Minister of Information, said the King reconfirmed the Kingdom's condemnation of the inhuman act that had devastated public and government buildings in the US cities of New York and Washington respectively last week.

The King also expressed profound sorrow and condolences to US President, people and relatives and friends of families of the victims who were lost in Tuesday’s terrorist action, the Minister of Information said and added that such actions were rejected by all religions.

Al Farsy said the Monarch also reiterated the Kingdom's support for and cooperation with the United States in fighting all kinds of terrorism and stressed its rejection of any national who is linked to terrorism.

Source SPA

STATEMENT BY HE THE SAUDI ARABIAN AMBASSADOR IN WASHINGTON

We Stand With You, America

In light of the recent tragic events in the United States, Saudi Arabia has cancelled all of our National Day celebrations scheduled around the world for September 23. We have done this in sympathy for the victims, out of hope for the injured and out of respect for all the people of the United States of America.

As we grieve with you, Saudi Arabia would like every American to know that we condemn these terrorist attacks and seek to bring those responsible to justice.

In addition to the support expressed by Crown Prince Abdullah to President Bush last week, the senior religious and legal scholars of Saudi Arabia have also denounced the barbaric events of September 11.

The recent developments in the United States constitute a form of injustice that is not tolerated by Islam, which views them as gross crimes and sinful acts.

-Chairman of the Senior Ulema Shaikh Abdulaziz Al-Shaikh, 9/15/01

As a human community we must be vigilant and careful to oppose these pernicious and shameless evils, which are not justified by any sane logic,nor by the religion of Islam.

-Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Shaikh Salih Al-Luheidan, 9/14/01

STATEMENT BY HE THE SAUDI ARABIAN AMBASSADOR IN LONDON,

Saudi Arabia was among the first nations in the world to condemn the terrorist attacks that led to the loss of thousands of innocent lives in the United States. I would like to reiterate this position, and to offer my sympathy to the British people over the loss of hundreds of innocent British lives. Islam is a religion of tolerance and no real Muslim can tolerate such horrendous crimes.

DR GHAZI ALGOSAIBI

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