Saudi FM to Meet Bush Over 9/11 Allegations

(Washington Post) Saudi officials, furious over a congressional report issued last week alleging possible links between individuals in the Saudi government and some of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, have requested and been granted a meeting Tuesday between Foreign Minister Prince Saud Faisal and President Bush. The meeting will take place shortly after Bush meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Some U.S. officials said it appeared the Saudi government was moving toward asking the president to declassify a classified - but well-publicized - 28-page section of the report dealing with allegations about Saudi Arabia. The Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar bin Sultan, said last week, "Saudi Arabia has nothing to hide...but we cannot respond to blank pages." Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) sent a letter to Bush Monday citing Bandar's statement as a reason for declassifying those pages.

2003-07-29 00:00:00

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