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Saudi Arabia responds harshly to the US Senate decision on Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia responds harshly to the US Senate decision on Khashoggi


Saudi Arabia on Monday condemned the recent US Senate resolutions on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Yemen war as "blatant interference" in its internal affairs.
In a statement quoted by the official SPA news agency, the kingdom said the council's position was "based on baseless allegations and accusations, including blatant interference in its internal affairs and the role of the kingdom at the regional and international levels."
The statement added: "The Kingdom stresses its keenness to continue and develop relations with the United States of America, it is surprised by such a position issued by members of a prestigious institution in an ally and friend."
He added that the Kingdom "affirms its total rejection of any interference in its internal affairs or exposure to its leadership represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness the Crown Prince in any way or to prejudice its sovereignty or undermine its status."
He added that "such a position will not affect the leading role in the regional environment and in the Arab and Islamic worlds and at the international level."
The statement said that the Kingdom "recognizes that the position of the US Senate sends wrong messages to anyone who wants to create a rift in Saudi-American relations, and the Kingdom hopes not to be involved in the internal political debate in the United States of America, to prevent the repercussions of relations between the two countries have effects Significant negative on the important strategic relationship between them. "
In the Khashoggi case, the statement said: "It has been confirmed that what happened to the citizen Jamal Khashoggi is unacceptable crime does not reflect the policy of the Kingdom or the approach of its institutions, while confirming the rejection of any attempt to get the case out of the course of justice in the Kingdom.
Regarding the war in Yemen, the statement said that "the Kingdom continues to make efforts to reach Yemeni parties to a political solution to the Yemeni crisis."
"The Kingdom also attaches great importance to the humanitarian situation in Yemen and through the King Salman Humanitarian Relief and Humanitarian Center provides great assistance to the Yemeni people in all areas of Yemen. The Kingdom also cooperates with relevant international organizations and bodies to deliver aid to those in need."
On Thursday, the US Senate unanimously approved a resolution charging Mohammed bin Salman with responsibility for the killing of Khashoggi. The council also voted in favor of a bill to "withdraw" US support for the Saudi-led Arab alliance in Yemen.
The killing of the Saudi journalist at his consulate in Istanbul in early October provoked worldwide outrage and constant demands to reveal the body's location and to kill him.
After conflicting interpretations, Riyadh announced that Khashoggi's body had been chipped after negotiations failed to persuade him to "return to the kingdom."
The CIA announced recently that it had concluded that "the killing of Khashoggi was a direct order from Bin Salman."
But Trump questioned the agency's report and vowed to remain a "firm partner" for Saudi Arabia, prompting US media to question the nature of its relations with the latter.

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