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Colin Powell Visiting Saudi Arabia

Aired May 13, 2003 - 06:19   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: First, though, we want to update you on the situation in Saudi Arabia. We just got these pictures, literally we're getting them in now. Secretary of State Colin Powell now says 10 Americans were killed in car bomb attacks in three housing complexes in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Let's listen to what he's saying in Riyadh right now.

PRINCE FAISAL, SAUDI ARABIA FOREIGN MINISTER: It shows and -- but it is no consolation that these things happen everywhere. And it is truly a matter of long standing that we are waging against terrorism, as the president has said and as the secretary has said. It should increase our efforts. It should make us not hesitant to take whatever measures are permitted to oppose these people who normally hate only killing and for no purpose whatsoever.

COLIN POWELL, SECRETARY OF STATE: Thank you, Mr. Minister.

And I just had a briefing from our country team and want to extend my condolences to the families of those who were lost today, and not only the U.S. families, but many of the lives that were lost and many of the nationalities that were represented. And I look forward to getting a fuller briefing in the course of my stay here.

Right now it seems as if we have lost 10 Americans killed. A number of other lives were lost, and I will let the Saudi Minister of Interior give out those numbers as they become confirmed. But there was a large loss of life of others, as well as a large number of injuries, at the three compounds that were struck.

As the Minister has just said, terrorism strikes anywhere and everyone. It is a threat to the entire civilized world. And even in this moment of sadness, we will commit ourselves, again, to redouble our efforts, work closely with our Saudi friends and friends all around the world to go after al Qaeda, to go after terrorists, to go after those who would kill innocent people and to make sure that discourage is lifted from the earth. The president has made it clear that terrorism No. 1 priority for all of us, and we will not rest until we have dealt with this threat to all of us.

Thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you.

COSTELLO: And of course that was Secretary of State Colin Powell speaking just moments ago in Riyadh. You also heard from Prince Faisal who is the Foreign Minister in Saudi Arabia. And apparently they don't have a definite death toll yet. But from what we understand, 10 Americans are now confirmed dead and there could be more. We're going to update you on the situation in Saudi Arabia throughout the day here on CNN.

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