This publication is a tribute to the Interfaith Dialogue Initiative launched by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who recognized that dialogue among religions and cultures is the only way to overcome the challenges facing all nations and people. King Abdullah first discussed the idea with Pope Benedict XVI during a visit to the Vatican in November 2007.
During the last 50 years, Saudi Arabia has experienced rapid economic development and corresponding societal and political change. To balance this with the nation’s rich cultural and religious heritage and facilitate continued progress, the Saudi government has undertaken a number of political and economic initiatives to educate and encourage political participation, promote economic growth, increase foreign investment and expand educational and employment opportunities for its citizens.
As home of the Two Holy Mosques of Islam, in Makkah and Madinah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stands as a target of extremists and terrorists who aim to subvert the country’s faith. To combat this threat, Saudi government officials and religious scholars have long been vocal in condemning the mindset that supports terrorism, and have promoted moderation and tolerance among Saudis and Muslims worldwide.
International terrorism threatens the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its allies and the global community. Defeating the terrorist enemy requires sound policies, concerted government efforts and international cooperation. The primary mission of the Saudi government is to forge partnerships with multilateral organizations and foreign governments to advance counterterrorism objectives and protect the national security of the Kingdom. Working with international partners, Saudi Arabia has taken a leading role in developing coordinated strategies to defeat terrorists at home and abroad, to thwart extremist advancements and to rehabilitate at-risk populations.
Sixty years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's founder King Abdulaziz Al-Saud held a historic meeting upon a sturdy ship at the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal. In six hours President Bush’s predecessor and the Crown Prince’s father established a strong personal bond that set the tone for decades of close relations between our two nations.
“There is no argument between us either regarding the universality of the values of liberty, equality, and fraternity, or the Jeffersonian democratic ideals or Wilsonian principle of self-determination …this unity of vision is quite extraordinary.”...
"...Saudi Arabia and the United States have enjoyed a well known 'special relationship' which, over a period of 70 years had developed and blossomed into a strategic alliance that benefited both countries."
On January 22, 2004, in a joint press conference, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow and Adel Al-Jubeir, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Crown Prince Abdullah, called upon the United Nations Sanctions Committee to designate four branch offices of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation as financial supporters of terrorism.
This booklet provides an overview of progress made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a partner in the war on terrorism and includes new economic, religious and legislative actions and initiatives enacted since September 11. While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a traditional Islamic nation, it is committed to moving ahead to adjust to international and domestic challenges.
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