Washington D.C., Asharq Al-Awsat- Saudi Arabia has achieved significant progress in its fight against terrorism since the Riyadh explosions in 2003, said a report by Lee Hamilton, vice-chairman of a commission that investigated the September 11 attacks.
Hamilton was speaking a press conference Monday where he discussed a report assessing the progress on proliferation, foreign policy and public diplomacy issues.
Pakistan should increase its efforts to combat remnants of the Taliban regime and halt its activities on Pakistani soil while the U.S. administration should encourage political reform in order to work with a more democratic government in the future, Hamilton said.
The latest report also warned against weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorist organizations, especially al Qaeda, which would put the United States in great danger.
Speaking on Saudi Arabia, Hamilton commended the Saudi security forces’ swift action against local cells of al Qaeda and said the reports by the authorities charting their fight against terrorist groups were clear and positive.
He pointed out that a newly established committee to oversee charitable organizations in the Kingdom should be strengthened and praised Saudi economic reforms, with Saudi Arabia on the verge of joining the World Trade Organization.
Hamilton added that the strategic dialogue between the two countries, after U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit to Saudi Arabia was vital and he called for an increase in the dialogue between the two societies.