Saudi Arabia welcomes declassification of Congress report on September 11 attacks

WASHINGTON, 17th July, 2016 (WAM)-- Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir has stressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's welcome of the release of 28 confidential pages of the Congress report on September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the Kingdom's commitment to fighting the terrorism at home and abroad.

He said at press conference, held at the Saudi Embassy in Washington following the release of the confidential pages, that "The Kingdom has called for the release of these pages from the moment they were blocked. And we believe since that time the Kingdom cannot respond to charges issued in blank pages. We said in the clearest possible terms that there is nothing for the Kingdom to fear, and it is determined to pursue terrorists and those who finance them or justify their actions."

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Saudi foreign minister pointed out that the Kingdom has started since the events of September 11th a series of major steps in confronting terrorism.

"We have put financial control mechanisms unmatched in any other country. We have closed institutions used to collect donations to support extremist issues and terrorism. Laws have been enacted to criminalise the financing of terrorism; a number of persons have been tried. Many of those involved in supporting terrorism have been imprisoned. And we have put the best systems to follow up the transfer of cash money," he said.

Al-Jubeir added that Saudi Arabia has strengthened its capabilities in fighting terrorism until the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become today at the forefront of countries in fighting the terrorism He added, "We have fought Al-Qaeda in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and are fighting them in Yemen. We are fighting Daesh in Syria, and we are working with our allies, led by the United States of America and others in the pursuit of terrorists and those who support their actions. The Kingdom has also mobilised international efforts against the scourge of terrorism. It was one of the first countries in the implementation of a national awareness campaign against terrorism and extremism."

The Saudi foreign minister added that Saudi Arabia hosted the first international counter-terrorism conference in Riyadh in 2005 which was attended by more than 50 countries to discuss ways to combat terrorism more effectively. In the same year, the Kingdom called for the establishment of an international centre to combat terrorism in the United Nations. "We have financed this centre later with an amount of approximately $110 million to strengthen the United Nations ability to rally the countries of the world in fighting terrorism," he said.

The Saudi top diplomat referred to the efforts carried out by the Kingdom to fight terrorism, including tracking down terrorists and cutting off their finances as well as closing Al-Haramain Foundation and its offices all over the world and its office in the United States of America.

He said, "The Kingdom has suffered greatly from terrorists and they have attacked our country many times. Many security officials have scarified their lives in defence of their people; and many citizens have been killed. We have taken very strong measures against terrorists and extremists; the Kingdom was targeted after attacks of September 11 by Al Qaeda terrorist organisation, which had also attacked the Kingdom before the September 11. We were able to defeat Al-Qaeda; and we are fighting Daesh terrorists who aim to control the holy cities."

Minister Al-Jubeir added, "They have no state and they are not Muslims. They are psychopaths, deviants and criminals. They have no sense of humanity; and their goal is to destroy the world and destabilise the Kingdom".

He pointed out that ''Terrorism threatens the whole world and can take various forms, images, and ideologies, but in the end, it kills innocent people, and this is unacceptable in the Islamic religion. There is no justification for terrorism. We take the threat of terrorism seriously; we are working strongly to confront it; and our determination or commitment will not stop in fighting the scourge of terrorism."


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