Statement by Saudi Embassy to USA on Release of Classified 9/11 Documents

Washington, The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America welcomes the release of classified documents relating to the terrorist attacks against the United States of America on September 11, 2001.

Since that horrific day 20 years ago, the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has consistently called for the release of all materials related to the United States’ investigation of the attacks. The Kingdom has always advocated for transparency surrounding the September 11 tragedy. And as past investigations have revealed, including the 9/11 Commission and the release of the so-called “28 Pages,” no evidence has ever emerged to indicate that the Saudi government or its officials had previous knowledge of the terrorist attacks or were in any way involved in its planning or execution.

Any allegation that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is complicit in the September 11 attacks is categorically false.

As the administrations of the past four U.S. presidents have attested, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has unwaveringly condemned and denounced the deplorable crimes that took place against the United States, its close ally and partner.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia knows all too well the evil that al-Qaeda through its ideology and terrorist actions represents. Alongside the U.S., we have been al-Qaeda’s top target, even before September 11 attacks. Alongside the U.S., the Kingdom has spared no effort in tackling the men, money and mindset of terrorism and extremism in all its forms.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is very proud of its anti-terrorism record, including its efforts to thwart terrorist financing, its comprehensive strategies to counter extremist ideology in both the public domain and online, and the degradation and defeat of terrorist organizations throughout our region.

The Kingdom is an essential counterterrorism partner to the United States. Together, our two countries have countered ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and delivered severe setbacks to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS in Yemen, among other successes. The coordinated work of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States to disrupt and intercept terrorist plots over the last 20 years undoubtedly has saved the lives of thousands of Saudis and Americans.

As a victim of global terrorism, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia understands the indescribable pain and hardship of the families who lost loved ones on that unforgettable day.

Previous declassification of materials relating to the September 11 attacks, such as the “28 Pages,” only has confirmed the 9/11 Commission’s finding that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with this terrible crime. It is lamentable that such false and malicious claims persist.

In response, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can only reiterate its longstanding support for the full declassification of any documents and materials relating to the United States’ investigation of the terrorist attacks, with the hope that a full release of these documents will end the baseless allegations against the Kingdom once and for all.

Source: Saudi Press Agency