Details About Saudi Arabia’s Position On Algeria Situation During Nineties
• The former head of Saudi General Intelligence, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, revealed the details of coordination between Saudi Arabia and Algeria during the somber decade of the nineties which was marked by the terrorism scourge.
• Being a host on the “Black Box” program, which is broadcast on the various platforms of “Al-Qabas” newspaper, Turki Al-Faisal said that the former head of the Algerian intelligence service, Mohamed Mediène, visited Saudi Arabia and informed his counterparts there that the security services monitored the movement of certain Saudis in Algeria whose aim was to participate in terrorist acts.
• The head of the Saudi General Intelligence, between 1977 and 2001, stated that he had reassured his Algerian counterpart that these Saudis were not driven by the kingdom, but rather had extremist tendencies and some of them were anti-state.
• He indicated that some of the Saudis involved were followers of Osama bin Laden, who was considered a symbol by terrorists.
• Prince Turki Al-Faisal stated that he’d informed the Saudi ambassador in Algeria, Lieutenant General Muhammad Al-Eid Al-Otaibi, at the time, about the content of the meeting that he had with the Algerian intelligence chief.
• He further indicated that the ambassador actively worked to reassure the Algerian side that there was no official Saudi motive to support terrorists. Rather, these nefarious individuals, he said, belonged to different terrorist organizations, the most important of which was “Al Qaeda”.
• He also confirmed that Ambassador Muhammad Al-Eid Al-Otaibi came to Saudi Arabia and took recordings of the religious fatwas of Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz and Sheikh Muhammad Bin Saleh Al-Uthaimin and delivered them to the Algerian Government, which in turn showed them to the terrorists, which had contributed to prompting many of them to armed action.