KSA completely rejects US report on Khashoggi

Eudore R. Chand

RIYADH 28 February 2021: The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said it has followed the report submitted to the United States’ Congress regarding the heinous murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi.

The ministry noted that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia completely rejects the negative, false and unacceptable assessment in the report pertaining to the Kingdom’s leadership, and notes that the report contained inaccurate information and conclusions.

In a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency and Wam, The ministry reiterated what was previously announced by the relevant authorities in the Kingdom, that this was an abhorrent crime and a flagrant violation of the Kingdom’s laws and values. This crime was committed by a group of individuals that have transgressed all pertinent regulations and authorities of the agencies where they were employed. The relevant authorities in the Kingdom took all possible measures within our legal system to ensure that these individuals were properly investigated, and to ensure that justice was served. The concerned individuals were convicted and sentenced by the courts in the Kingdom, and these sentences were welcomed by the family of Jamal Khashoggi.

Jamal Kashoggi was killed in the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul in 2018

It is truly unfortunate that this report, with its unjustified and inaccurate conclusions, is issued while the Kingdom had clearly denounced this heinous crime, and the Kingdom’s leadership took the necessary steps to ensure that such a tragedy never takes place again. The Kingdom rejects any measure that infringes upon its leadership, sovereignty, and the independence of its judicial system, the statement said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirms that the partnership between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America is a robust and enduring partnership. This partnership has thrived for nearly eight decades on the basis of mutual respect, and the institutions in both countries have worked diligently to deepen these ties in all aspects, through increased cooperation and consultations to bolster security and stability in the region and the world. We look forward to maintaining the enduring foundations that have shaped the framework of the resilient strategic partnership between the Kingdom and the United States.

UAE supports Saudi statement

The UAE expressed its support for the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry’s statement regarding Jamal Khashoggi.

In a statement on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed its confidence in and support for the Saudi judiciary, as well as Saudi Arabia’s commitment to enforcing the law with transparency and integrity, and holding those responsible to account.

The ministry affirmed the UAE’s solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its efforts to maintain stability and security in the region and its key role in the axis of Arab moderation and security.

The ministry expressed the UAE’s rejection of any attempts to exploit the case or interfere in Saudi internal affairs.

Kuwait supports Saudi statement

The Foreign Ministry of the State of Kuwait, Saturday, expressed support towards the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s statement regarding the US Congress report on the case of Khashoggi’s murder.

In a statement, carried out by KUNA, the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry stressed the important role played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman both regionally and internationally in support of moderation and the denouncing of violence and extremism.

The ministry affirmed that it refused categorically all ill attempts against Saudi sovereignty, saying that the Kingdom always played a role in security and stability both in the region and worldwide.

OIC supports Saudi Foreign Ministry’s statement

Secretary General of the OrganiSation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen has affirmed his support for the statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding the report submitted to the US Congress about the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi.

The OIC Secretary General stressed categorical rejection of the incorrect inductions cited in the report, which has no decisive proofs, affirming the rejection of prejudice and abuse to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s leadership, sovereignty and independence of its judiciary. He expressed supporting all judicial measures that have been taken against the culprits in the crime, who have been brought to justice and final judicial verdicts were issued against them.

Dr. Al-Othaimeen also hailed the pioneering role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the President of the Islamic Summit and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, towards maintaining regional and international security and peace, combating terrorism and consolidating moderation.

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