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Saudi Arabia / Riyadh Bombings / Al Qaeda / Prince Bandar Interview #728433

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 14, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) The increasingly strained relationship between the US & Saudi Arabia over the terrorist bombing attack on the housing compounds in Riyadh featured; details given about the US belief that the Saudis are hindering the war on terror. [From “Today,” US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert JORDAN†- says he would have preferred a quicker response to our request for more security.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says Saudi Arabia must deal with the fact that it has terrorists inside its own country.] [Former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Richard MURPHY†- says there may be those in the royal family who sympathize with Al Qaeda.] [Middle East expert Simon HENDERSON†- says the king’s brother Prince Nayif‡ has antipathies toward the US.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) The troubling connection between prominent Saudis and organizations tied to Al Qaeda explored; details given about Saudi diplomat Mohamed Fakihi†’s ties to September 11 planner Mounir El Motassadeq†† and about Prince Sultan’s admission that he funneled money to an Islamic charity linked to terrorist Osama bin Laden. [Terrorism expert Steve EMERSON†- says the Saudi government has been involved in sponsoring and coordinating acts of terrorism.] [Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jonathan WINER†- says little happened after the Saudis were warned that charities were funding terrorism.] New indictments tomorrow in the bombing of the USS Cole by Al Qaeda terrorists noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Taped interview held with Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan about why security was not increased at the housing compound. [In Riyadh, Prince BANDAR – says the problem with fighting terrorism is that nobody hears about successes; cites progress since September 11; responds to Vice President Dick Cheney’s statement that the US will pursue the terrorists; comments on the delay for US agents to get into the country for the investigation of the bombing; says the terrorists’ trial will be just, swift & severe.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Myers, Lisa

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