Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef said on Wednesday that the kingdom was “one of the first” countries that suffered from terrorism, way before the deadly Sept. 11 attack in New York in 2001.
“Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries that suffered from terrorism,” Crown Prince Mohammed told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
The crown prince said in 1992, Saudi Arabia had confronted 100 terrorism operations, including 18 terrorist attacks “implemented by elements linked to regional countries,” without giving any names.
He said “before Sep. 11, Saudi Arabia had signed agreements with other Arab states to fight terrorism,” and until now it is still “waging an unrelenting war terrorist groups.”
He added: “[Saudi] is now part of 12 international agreements to fight terrorism,” and it heads in “partnership” with the United States and Italy a group combating ISIS funding.
To combat radicalism, Saudi Arabia “has launched Mohammed bin Nayef Counseling and Care Center and its top clerics have been issuing religious edicts prohibiting terrorism or joining terror groups.”
Saudi Arabia “was one of the first countries that denounced September 11,” attacks which killed almost 3,000 people.