Saudi Arabia welcomed on Wednesday via its embassy in Washington the proposed release by the US of classified documents related to 9/11 terrorist attacks, Arab News reports..
The statement by the Saudi Embassy saying the full declassification of the documents will once and for all end the baseless allegations against the Kingdom comes after US President Biden ordered the Justice Department to review for declassification and release documents from the FBI investigation into 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
The embassy pointed to the fact that Saudi Arabia leadership of has consistently asked for 20 years for the release of all materials related to the US’ investigation of the attacks, advocating for transparency surrounding the tragedy.
The statement comes a day before the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US that killed nearly 3,000 people.
The tragedy has put Saudi Arabia under the spotlight since 15 of the hijackers of the planes used to attack the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania were Saudis just like the attacks’ mastermind Osama bin Laden, who plotted the attack from base in Afghanistan.
The Kingdom has always denied involvement in the events and the embassy pointed that past investigations, including the 9/11 Commission, produced no evidence to indicate that the Saudi government had previous knowledge of the terrorist attack or were in any way involved in its planning or execution.
Hence, the embassy pointed ot is lamentable that such false and malicious claims persist.
Stressing that the Kingdom has also suffered from the Al-Qaeda’s evil ideology and actions, the embassy noted that Saudi Arabia has always, even before the September 11 attacks, condemned the attacks against its close ally and partner the US and has spared no effort in tackling terrorism and extremism in all its forms.
It’s interesting to note that US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has postponed his trip to Saudi Arabia as part of the regional ‘thank you’ tour in the Gulf at the Saudis’ request, Austin’s spokesman John Kirby informed without offering further explanation.
Austin’s tour to reaffirm the US strategic partnership with Middle East countries started last week following the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan.