December 14, 2017

Saudi Crown Prince honoured by the CIA

CIA Director Mike Pompeo and HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia – Picture by SPA.

Friday, 10 February 2017, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, First Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, was honored with the George Tenet Medal, issued by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America in “recognition of the outstanding intelligence work in combating terrorism and his immense contributions global security for the last two decades”. 

CIA Director, Mr. Mike Pompeo decorated the Crown Prince with the medal during a reception in Riyadh. HRH The Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Second Deputy Premier and Defense Minister as well as several high-ranking officials were present on the occasion. The Crown Prince and Pompeo also discussed issues of mutual concern; chiefly ways to further enhance them, especially in the security and counter terrorism fields according to the reports of the Saudi Press Agency. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was trained in counter-terrorism and security matters by the FBI as well as Scotland Yard. 

Chief of Royal Court, HRH Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, HRH The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Minister of Interior and Director Mike Pompeo, CIA – Picture by SPA.

Foreign intelligence services have for a long time lauded the successful anti-terrorism programmes, and directives against religious radicalisation within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Referring to the Saudi-USA relations, The Crown Prince said that “nobody would succeed in creating friction in the historic and strategic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the USA”.

The latter matter was also discussed by HRH Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during a recent interview for Deutsche Welle (https://share.ard-zdf-box.de/s/IhhO2BGoeTNbYnw), that is, the fact that the Kingdom in the last two decades has been counteracting terrorism, and radicalisation through the Ministry of Interior.

As a matter of fact, upon hearing of the CIA’s honour for the Saudi Crown Prince, Princess Basmah bint Saud described the heir to the throne as a “true knight of the XXI century, a scholar and a reformer”. 

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For further information: 

Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: https://www.moi.gov.sa

CIA: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sa.html

 

 

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