The State Department says U.S. diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia will reopen
Saturday after closing for security reasons November 7, the day before a deadly
car bombing in Riyadh that killed 17 people. The Saudi government meanwhile is
vowing an all-out drive against terrorism.
Officials say the U.S. embassy in Riyadh and consulates in Jeddah and Dahran
will reopen for normal operations Saturday, but a public advisory urges U.S.
citizens in Saudi Arabia to maintain a low profile and avoid places where westerners
The missions closed last Friday because of what was termed credible information
that terrorists were preparing to strike, though U.S. officials said the information
was not specific enough to prevent the car bomb attack the next day on a housing
complex for mainly Arab foreigners in Riyadh.
At a Washington news conference, Saudi spokesman Adel al-Jubeir said his
government is closely cooperating with the United States and is determined
to crush terrorist factions.
"If the intention of the terrorists, much less, is to destroy the Saudi state,
they will not succeed. We will fight them with everything we have until we
crush them," he warned.
Mr. al-Jubeir said the anti-terrorism struggle could be a long one, but that
there can be no doubt about the outcome.