describes a meeting between Saudi Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Prince Nayif bin Abdulaziz (reftel), John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism in which Nayif expressed frustration with the limited cooperation of friendly European nations with whom the Kingdom has security agreements.
The governments, he complained, shared information but did not take any action. As a result, “terrorists roam around freely in their countries,” and the Europeans have not handed over terrorists. For example, Ibrahim (Salih Mohammed Al-Yacoub), a very important suspect involved in the Khobar bombing, was in Europe. Saudi Arabia asked several nations to hand him over as a terrorist who had acted against the Kingdom and the United States. Nayif complained that while these European countries were friendly, had good relations, and shared interests with the Kingdom, he failed to understand why Europeans harbored terrorists working against Saudi Arabia in their countries. If there were people in Saudi Arabia working against friendly countries, the SAG would intervene. Nayif requested USG help in convincing Europe to work more cooperatively. Brennan commented that we had similar frustrations with some countries.