“Our relationship with the United States is historic and strategic. Any attempts to undermine that will falter.”
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef
January 11 2017 — On Friday (February 10 2017), CIA Director Mike Pompeo honoured the Saudi Crown Prince with the CIA ‘George Tenet’ Medal during a meeting in Riyadh. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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The reception was attended by senior officials and the US Charge d’Affaires to the Kingdom Christopher Hensel.
The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.
The CIA handed the Crown Prince the medal for ‘his distinct intelligence-related counter-terrorism work and his contributions to ensure international peace and security’.
In a press statement, the Crown Prince said that he appreciated the CIA honor.
“We, God willing, continue to confront terrorism and extremism everywhere, and with thanks to God we have managed to thwart many terrorist plots from occurring.”
“We are surrounded by areas of conflict, and we were the first affected by terrorism from various sources, but we are equipped to combat terror in any place and under any circumstances.”
CIA grants “George Tenet Medal” to crown prince of Saudi
“The US Central Intelligence Agency has granted its “George Tenet Medal” to the Saudi Crown Prince for what the agency calls his “intelligence work in the fight against terrorism.”
The medal was given to Mohammed bin Nayef by CIA Director Micheal Pompeo during a reception ceremony in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Nayef said Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the U-S is “historic and strategic”.
He added that the move shows Washington’s recognition of what he called Riyadh’s anti-terrorism efforts. This is while Saudi Arabia stands accused of supporting terrorist groups fighting inside Syria since 2011.
The Kingdom has also been engaged in a deadly military campaign against Yemen since March 2015.
Relations between Washington and Riyadh strained last year over congressional legislation seeking to make it easier for families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks came from Saudi Arabia.”
CIA honors Saudi Crown Prince for efforts against terrorism — Al Arabiya English
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