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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Meet the New Saudi Ambassador

The Boston Globe reports:
The Saudi ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the dean of Washington's diplomatic corps and a confidant of presidents both Republican and Democratic over the past 22 years, has resigned and will be replaced by the former head of Saudi Arabia's intelligence service. Prince Bandar will be replaced by Prince Turki al Faisal, son of the late King Faisal. He headed Saudi intelligence for 14 years and is the ambassador to Britain. He, too, has long-standing ties to Washington.
He has "long-standing ties to Washington." Interesting. Let's see what Google can find.

Curious timing regarding his resignation from the Saudi Intelligence:
Although Prince Turki stepped down as Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief on September 1, 2001, just 10 days before the World Trade Center attacks...
Apparently the 9-11 Families filed a lawsuit in 2002, against him, as well as others for supporting and funding the Saudi terrorists:
The complaint names more than seven dozen defendants, including the government of Sudan, seven banks, eight Islamic foundations and three Saudi princes. Those listed include Prince Mohammed al-Faisal, former Intelligence Chief Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan, Khalid bin Salim bin Mahfouz of the National Commercial Bank and the Faisal Islamic Bank. Officials from the Saudi Embassy did not return a call for comment.
But in January of this year, Turki al-Faisal was dismissed as defendant:
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Casey for the Southern District of New York in January dismissed as defendants the government of Saudi Arabia, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, second deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia and Prince Turki al-Faisal Al-Saud, the ambassador to Great Britain and Prince Mohammed al Faisal al Saud because they are foreign leaders and immune from lawsuits.
Dismissed on a technicality for allegedly supporting the 9-11 terrorist, and now he is the Saudi Ambassador. Fascinating.

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