The Saudi government rejects the initiative of the senators considering that it was based on “unsubstantiated allegations and allegations with flagrant interference in internal affairs”.
Saudi Arabia has reacted with unusual force Monday to the resolutions of the United States Senate that hold their crown prince, Mohamed Bin Salman , responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashogg and request the suspension of military aid to his military campaign in Yemen. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismisses the “interference” measures and denounces that they are based on “false accusations”.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects expressed recently by the US Senate that is based on baseless allegations and contains intolerable interference in the internal affairs of the kingdom, which undermine its regional and international role position , ” he said in a lengthy statement released by the state agency, SPA.
Last Thursday, the Senate unanimously approved a resolution that blames Prince Mohamed for Khashoggi’s assassination, and insists that the Kingdom of the Desert must be held accountable. The well-known journalist, who from his exile in the US collaborated with The Washington Post, died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Riad only acknowledged the murder after pressure from Turkey, which claims to have evidence of how a team of Saudi agents killed the journalist. Since then, Saudi Arabia has been subjected to an unusual international scrutiny that has targeted the de facto heir and ruler of the country.
Although largely symbolic and without much chance of becoming law, the unanimous vote of the senators has been an unprecedented blow for the Saudis, and in particular for the powerful Prince Mohamed. His Government reiterates in the communique the official position that Khashoggi’s murder “is a deplorable crime that does not reflect the policy of the kingdom or its institutions”. It also reaffirms the rejection of any attempt to take the case of justice from Saudi Arabia, in clear response to the voices calling for an international investigation. Defends the role of the kingdom in stability in the Middle East, world peace and security, the balance of international energy markets and the fight against terrorism
The offense is aggravated by the demand that the troops supporting the coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen be withdrawn. This is the first time that one of the chambers of Congress votes for a similar measure, using the War Powers Act of 1973. This intervention, which has caused a very serious human crisis, has already come under increasing criticism in Europe and Europe. U.S. However, after the outbreak of the Khashoggi case the clamor has spread.
In this regard, Riyadh emphasizes that it continues its efforts to achieve a political solution by local groups and that it supports the UN resolutions that have allowed the announcement of a ceasefire after the recent talks in Sweden. Although Saudi Arabia entered the conflict in support of the internationally recognized government, the attacks of the coalition that it heads, and which has the support of the United States and the United Kingdom, have been responsible for numerous civilian victims due to errors and lack of precision of the objectives.
No one knows for sure how many civilians have died because of the fighting. Since 2016, the number of 10,000 deaths that the UN made at the time was repeated. However, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, an independent group associated with the University of Sussex that studies the actual level of victims of conflict, estimates that they are between 70,000 and 80,000 . Another 65,000 are now on the verge of death by starvation, according to the latest analysis on the food situation spread by several United Nations agencies.