Saudi Arabia
Deputy Prime Minister, Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
September 13, 2001

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today spoke by telephone with U.S. President George W. Bush and expressed his condolences to the American people, describing Tuesday's painful event as "a terrorist act categorically rejected and disdained by divine religions". He urged the President to exercise reason in these critical circumstances, pointing out the negative consequences of speculation in the media linking Arabs and Muslims with what has happened.

The Crown Prince reiterated that the Muslim and Arab worlds are totally disassociated from these acts, which are not committed by any sane man who believes in God and understands the everlasting message of Islam. Commenting that some people in the United States have been prejudiced by biased press coverage, and citing individual attacks against Arabs and Muslims, he nevertheless expressed confidence in the President's wisdom and that of the U.S. administration and of all honest people in the United States, adding: "We in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are fully prepared to cooperate with you in every matter conducive to revealing the identity of the perpetrators of this criminal act."