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13 May 2003

U.S., Saudis Pledge Cooperation to Combat Terrorism

(Powell arrives in Riyadh hours after terrorist attacks there) (641)

Speaking together in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, just hours after terrorist
attacks killed an estimated ten Americans and numerous Saudi and
international residents just outside Riyadh, Secretary of State Colin
Powell and Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal bin Abdel Aziz
pledged to increase their joint efforts to combat terrorism.

During their May 13 press conference, Foreign Minister Saud condemned
the attacks and said that Saudi Arabia would not hesitate to take
whatever measures are needed to oppose "these people who hate" and
kill "for no purpose whatsoever."

Secretary Powell extended his condolences to the families of all those
killed, noting the many nationalities of the victims.

"Terrorism strikes anywhere, everyone. It is a threat to the entire
civilized world, and even in this moment of sadness, we will commit
ourselves again to redouble our efforts, work closely with our Saudi
friends, and friends all around the world to go after al Qaeda," he
said.

"The President has made it clear that terrorism is the number one
priority for all of us. We will not rest until we have dealt with this
threat to all of us," Powell said.

Secretary Powell arrived in Riyadh May 13 to hold talks with Crown
Prince Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz as part of a Middle East tour.

Following is a transcript of the statements by Secretary Powell and
Foreign Minister Saud upon the secretary's arrival in Riyadh:

(begin transcript)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

May 13, 2003

Remarks to the Press
By Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
And Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal bin Abdel Aziz
At VIP Reception Hall, Riyadh Air Base
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

May 13, 2003

FOREIGN MINISTER SAUD: First of all, we'd like to welcome His
Excellency, in spite of the tragic events that have happened, in which
both a lot of Saudi citizen was mixed in this tragic event with
American ones. It shows, but it is no consolation, that these things
happen everywhere. It is truly a matter of long-standing that we are
waging against terrorism, as the President has said and as the
Secretary has said. It should increase our efforts, it should make us
not hesitate to take whatever measures that are needed to oppose these
people who only hate, only killing, and for no purpose whatsoever.

SECRETARY POWELL: Thank you, Mr. Minister. I just had a briefing from
our country team. I extend my condolences to the families of those who
are lost today, not only US families, but many other lives were lost
and many other nationalities were represented, and I look forward to
getting a fuller briefing in the course of my stay here. Right now, it
seems as if we have lost ten Americans, killed, a number of other
lives were lost and I'll let the Saudi Ministry of Interior give out
those numbers as they become firm, but there was a large loss of life
of others as well as a large number of injuries in the three compounds
that were struck.

As the Minister has just said, terrorism strikes anywhere, everyone.
It is a threat to the entire civilized world, and even in this moment
of sadness, we will commit ourselves again to redouble our efforts,
work closely with our Saudi friends, and friends all around the world
to go after al Qaeda, to go after terrorists, to go after those who
would kill innocent people, and to make sure that the scourge is
lifted from the earth. The President has made it clear that terrorism
is the number one priority for all of us. We will not rest until we
have dealt with this threat to all of us. Thank you.

(end transcript)

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