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Arab countries express support for Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi murder

| Updated: March 01, 2021 12:01:57

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Arab countries and organisations expressed their support for Saudi Arabia following a US intelligence report that found Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a statement, Bahrain’s foreign ministry rejected 'anything that affects the sovereignty of Saudi Arabia', reports Arab News.

The country affirmed “the prominent and pivotal role played by Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to lay down the foundations of regional and global security and peace.”

Bahrain also praised diplomatic efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia through its foreign diplomacy in the region and the world.

The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed its confidence in and support for the Saudi Arabian judiciary, as well as its commitment to enforcing the law with transparency and integrity and to holding those responsible for the murder to account.

The country affirmed the its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its efforts to maintain stability and security in the region and the key role it plays in maintaining moderation in the Arab world.

The UAE said it also rejects any attempts to exploit the Jamal Khashoggi case or interfere in Saudi Arabia's internal affairs.

Kuwait’s foreign ministry expressed its support for Saudi Arabia’s statement after publication of the report and stressed the important role played by the Saudia Arabia in supporting moderation regionally and internationally and in denouncing extremism.

The country said that it categorically rejects any attempts to affect the sovereignty of Saudi Arabia.

Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed its solidarity with the Saudi Arabia, saying it appreciated the efforts and actions of the competent judicial authorities in Saudi Arabia regarding the case and its outcome.

The Muslim World League (MWL) also affirmed its full support for Saudi Arabia’s statement.

MWL secretary-general Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa said the league rejects the conclusions of the report and affirmed the confidence of the Muslim world, led by Saudi Arabia, in all measures taken by the Kingdom.

Al-Issa added that the league rejects any interference that affects the Kingdom’s sovereignty.

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said it categorically rejects “the incorrect conclusions contained” in the US report which is “devoid of any conclusive evidence.”

The organisation rejected attempts to infringe the Kingdom’s sovereignty, insult its leadership and compromise the independence of its judiciary.

It expressed support for all judicial measures that were taken against the perpetrators of the murder who were brought to justice, and the sentences that were issued.

The Arab Parliament affirmed its support for the Saudi statement and expressed its categorical rejection of any infringement of the sovereignty of the Kingdom and the independence of its judiciary.

The parliament stressed the pivotal role that the Kingdom plays in consolidating security and stability in the Arab region and the Middle East and its policy of supporting international peace.

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajjraf, affirmed his appreciation for the pivotal role the Kingdom plays in enhancing regional and international security and peace, and its great role in combating terrorism and supporting the efforts of the international community in this regard.

Al-Hajraf said the report is nothing more than an opinion that is devoid of any conclusive evidence. He expressed his support for any measures that the Kingdom takes in order to preserve its rights and support its role in promoting a culture of moderation.

Yemen also rejected everything that might affect the sovereignty of the Kingdom and the independence of its judiciary.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry said it had noted that the Saudi government termed Khashoggi’s murder as an “abhorrent crime” and a “flagrant violation of the Kingdom’s laws and values.”

 “The Saudi government has further underlined that it took all possible measures within its legal system to ensure that the individuals responsible were properly investigated, convicted and sentenced and that justice was served. Pakistan recognises Saudi efforts in this regard and expresses solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the ministry said in a statement.

 “Pakistan underscores adherence to the rule of law, respect for national sovereignty, and protection and promotion of human rights by all states, in accordance with their respective constitutional frameworks and international obligations,” it added.

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