According to Tuesday’s statement from the foreign ministry, Saudi Arabia hailed the US declaration that Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had been slain.
The terrorist commander of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, was targeted and killed, the US President Joe Biden announced. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed this announcement,” it said.
The declaration was made shortly after Biden declared that Zawahiri, one of the most wanted terrorists in the world and the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, had been killed by a drone strike in Kabul.
He was “considered one of the leaders of terrorism who led the planning and implementation of terrible terrorist operations in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and a number of other nations of the world,” according to the Saudi foreign ministry.
According to the statement, “thousands of innocent individuals of many ethnicities and religions, including Saudi citizens, were killed.”
In order to safeguard innocent people from terrorist organisations, the administration of the Kingdom emphasised the significance of bolstering cooperation and concerted international efforts to battle and eradicate terrorism.
After Osama bin Laden was killed by US special operations in Pakistan in 2011, Egyptian-born Zawahiri assumed leadership of Al-Qaeda and a $25 million US bounty was placed on his head.
An hour after daylight on July 31, according to a senior US administration official, Zawahiri was being fired upon by two Hellfire missiles while standing on the balcony of a home in Kabul.