Saudi Arabia denies it helped al-Qaida

June 20, 2004 at 1:00 PM

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia rejected any claim Sunday that its government has ever provided support for Osama bin Laden or al-Qaida.

"Claims that the Saudi government aided or supported or made arrangements with bin Laden are nonsense," Adel Al-Jubeir, foreign affairs advisor to Crown Prince Abdullah, said in a statement released in Washington. "Bin Laden declared war on Saudi Arabia in the 1990s, and it has been our goal since then to bring him to justice."

A 9/11 Commission statement confirmed there is no evidence of Saudi government financial support for al-Qaida.

"It is unfortunate that there are individuals who continue to try to malign the kingdom by spreading untruths, or making insinuations to damage its reputation," said al-Jubeir.

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