The Saudi Royals have a long sordid history of saying one thing in public and doing another thing behind the scenes. That said, look what they feel they need to be saying in public, even before the U.N. Security Council votes. Bandar, by the way, is the much-despised Saudi Ambassador in the USA.
Kingdom won’t help US in Iraq war: Sultan
Arab News - October 15, 2002 - RIYADH, 15 October — Saudi Arabia will not provide any assistance for the
planned US military offensive against Iraq, Prince Sultan, second deputy
premier and minister of defense and aviation, announced yesterday.
“Saudi Arabia will not provide any assistance in any strikes against
Iraq,” Prince Sultan said in comments published in the London-based
“The Kingdom has a special status in the Arab and Muslim worlds, as it is
home to the two holy mosques. It will not sacrifice this status for the
sake of anyone,” the prince said.
Prince Sultan, however, urged Baghdad “not to provide the opportunity to
anyone to find the justification for launching a military offensive
Iraq should leave its doors wide open for all international inspectors in
order to foil any pretext for launching military strikes, Prince Sultan
said, adding that he did not believe a US-led offensive against Iraq was
Iraqi leaders should comply with and implement “all UN Security Council
resolutions, including what might be issued in the future. Iraq should
act in a responsible way,” he added.
In Algeria, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal echoed Prince Sultan,
saying Riyadh was opposed to a war on Iraq and will not participate in
any possible US strike against its northern neighbor.
“We will refuse to enter into a war against Iraq,” Prince Saud told a
news conference in the town of Tiaret after talks with Algerian President
“I had never said that Saudi Arabia agrees to allow the use of its
territory to strike Iraq,” he added, in a reply to a question on whether
Saudi Arabia would let the US use its territories as a launching pad for
strikes on Iraq.
He said that if the Security Council issued a new resolution under
“article seven of the UN Charter”, every country had to cooperate
accordingly. “But this resolution would not force every state to
participate in the war and open its sky and land for use (in that war),”
Prince Saud said his country would focus on diplomatic efforts to ward
off a US strike against Iraq.
In Doha, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said yesterday no Arab
soldier would join an eventual US attack on Iraq. “All Arab states reject
military action against Iraq and no Arab soldier will take part in such
action,” he said at the end of a one-day visit to Qatar, quoted by the
Qatari News Agency (QNA).
Moussa denied that the Arabs were “watching US threats against Iraq as
Meanwhile, Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said yesterday that,
despite reports to the contrary, Iraq had not softened its position on UN
weapons inspections of presidential palaces, a key sticking point with
Asked if Iraq maintained its position on inspections of the palaces,
Ramadan told reporters in Baghdad: “Certainly, Iraq is still on its
He gave no further details but confirmed that UN weapons inspectors would
be allowed back into the country on Oct. 19 in line with an “initial
agreement” with the United Nations.
Ramadan was quoted by Germany’s Der Spiegel news magazine on Saturday as
saying the inspectors “can search and inspect however and wherever they
would like”, raising speculation that Baghdad was relenting on access to