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Saudi Arabia Rejects US Resolution Blaming Prince For Khashoggi Death



Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia on Monday rejected a resolution passed by the US Senate last week, which directly pinned the blame for the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The resolution was “based upon unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs,” a statement from the Saudi foreign ministry said.

The murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 was “a deplorable crime that does not reflect the Kingdom’s policy nor its institutions,” the ministry added.

“The Kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations … that disrespect its leadership … and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature,” the statement said.

The resolution was passed on Thursday along with another that ordered the US military to cease all assistance to the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Anger at the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, where tens of thousands have died of starvation, has been compounded by the Khashoggi case.

In Congress, there are growing concerns that US President Donald Trump has not taken sufficient action over Khashoggi as he continues to lend his full support to the kingdom.