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October 7th, 2004
The Saudi Question
Who's Who: The House of Saud: Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

Crown Prince Sultan first entered the Saudi government when he was appointed Governor of Riyadh Region in 1947. In 1963 he was called up to head the powerful Ministry of Defense and Aviation. Under his guidance, Saudi Arabia strengthened and modernized its military forces while conducting a brisk arms trade with both the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Prince Sultan is also reported to have built much of his considerable wealth on large commissions recouped from government arms purchases.

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals, the kingdom’s relations with the U.S. have become more difficult and convoluted. In late 2001, Prince Sultan denied the United States the use of Saudi bases to stage military strikes on Afghanistan. At the time he said, “We will not accept in our country even a single soldier who will attack Muslims or Arabs.” However, it was revealed after the Iraq War that the kingdom allowed allied forces to operate from at least three air bases within its borders and provided cheap fuel.

Prince Sultan is also known for his humanitarian and philanthropic contributions. He established a charity foundation in his name to support socially beneficial projects in medicine, science, technology, and education.�Unfortunately, the Prince’s philanthropic efforts haven’t always earned him praise: in August of 2002 he was sued by the families of September 11 victims for contributions he allegedly made to charities with ties to al-Qaeda.

Elevated to the rank of Crown Prince after King Fahd’s death in 2005, concerns over the aging Sultan’s health have caused some to question when Saudi leadership will be passed on to the younger “second generation” princes.

  • Khurshid Alam

    TO,

    Honorable,
    Prince Sultan Bin
    Abdul Aziz.

    Respected sir,

    King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz (late) was the great man of the world. He was so kind hearted, true and the famous person among the history of the Muslims. I met Him when he came to Pakistan. He was so kind to me: But at that time I was so young. He asked me my wish at that time. I replied that I only you’re your Autograph; the Autograph was His picture that he had sent me from the Saudi Arabia. Your personality is ditto copy of His (Majesty).I have found the same in you as well. You are also very helpful to the needy people. His gifted Picture is still with me.

    I pray that you may live long. I really feel so glad that ALLAH has granted you the life; A life that is free from the illness. I had prayed for your recovery from the illness. I even had prayed for your recovery in each and every prayer .I also had tried my hard to come to meet you and look after you. But truly speaking inspite of all my efforts I was unable to come to meet you. My limited resources have not allowed me to come to your country,

    Actually I belong to a very poor family that has very limited resources of life. I had tried my best to come to meet you but the lack of resources has not allowed me to do this. ALLAH must grant you progress by leaps and bounds. I really appreciate your welfare work for the Muslims of this world. I hope that you must remember this poor family as well. I am waiting for your favorable reply,

    ALLAH blesses you and all your family members.

    With regards
    Khurshid Alam
    H.No: E-158/A Satellite town Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
    Ph #: 00923315159964

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