Earlier, the families of the victims had told President Biden that he would not be welcome at the memorial service if the documents were not declassified.
Documents released by the FBI on September 11 show a link between the attackers and Saudi Arabia, but there is no evidence that the Saudi government was complicit in the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. network.
Saudi Arabia has long claimed no role in the September 11, 2001 attacks. In a statement on September 8, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington affirmed that its country always supports transparency regarding this event, and welcomed Washington’s release of declassified documents.
Many people could not hold back their tears at the memorial service for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Photo: Reuters
Follow Reuters, 15 of the 19 hijackers who took control of the plane that crashed into 3 locations in the US came from Saudi Arabia. However, investigations did not reveal any evidence that Saudi Arabia directly provided financial aid to al-Qaeda, the terrorist group that was covered by the Taliban movement in Afghanistan at the time. The declassified document leaves open the possibility that individuals within the Saudi government are funding al-Qaeda.
Families of about 2,500 victims who died and more than 20,000 were injured, businesses and a series of insurance companies have recently sued Saudi Arabia to claim billions of dollars in compensation.
Also on September 11, speaking at a memorial service for the victims in Shanksville, Pennsylvania – one of the sites of the attack, former President George W. Bush warned of the risks coming from extremists in the country. countries, individuals he asserts have much in common with extremists abroad.
The above comment was made by former President Bush in the context of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in recent weeks warning of security risks inside the US following the President’s decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan. President Biden.
Former President George W. Bush speaks at a memorial service in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo: Reuters