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Saudi Arabia rebuffs US Senate's resolution blaming crown prince for Khashoggi's murder

ANI | Updated: Dec 17, 2018 06:32 IST

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], Dec 17 (ANI): Saudi Arabia strongly rejected the US Senate's resolutions to end military support for a "Saudi war" in Yemen and to hold the Kingdom's crown prince Mohamed bin Salman (MBS) accountable for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, calling them "blatant interferences in the Kingdom's internal affairs".
The US Senate had passed the resolutions on December 13.
"The Kingdom...expresses its concern regarding the positions that were expressed by members of an esteemed legislative body of an allied and friendly government," the statement released on Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry's Twitter account mentioned, referring to the United States.

The Kingdom reiterated that Khashoggi's death is "deplorable" while noting that the crime "does not reflect the Kingdom's policy nor its institutions." "Accordingly, the Kingdom reaffirms its rejection of any attempts to take the case out of the path of justice in the Kingdom," the statement remarked.
Saudi Arabia highlighted its keenness in "preserving its relations" with the USA throughout the statement, underscoring all the efforts that have been undertaken by Riyadh to push back terrorist activities and maintain peace regionally, in the "Arab and Muslim worlds" and internationally.
The statement further shed light on US-Saudi relations and stated: "The Kingdom has also steadfastly stood by the United States of America in confronting Iran's malign activities, which it spreads through its allies and proxies to destabilise the region."
"The Kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership, represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque and the Crown Prince, and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature," the statement strongly noted while referring to the US Senate's decision. (ANI)