No 18


Middle East Document

Saudi-US Relations

The following is an extract from a speech delivered by Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on 27 April in which he commented on the impact on Saudi-US relations of the 11 September 2001 bombings in the US perpetrated by members of al-Qaida.

The ideology espoused by al-Qaida can be summarized in its belief in the negation of the legitimacy of all the governments of the Islamic...