Saudi Arabia slams US Senate for naming Prince MBS as responsible for Khashoggi murder

Riyadh has denounced the US Senate resolution that blamed the Saudi Crown Prince for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, as baseless allegations and a blatant attack on the Kingdoms sovereignty and internal affairs.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects the position expressed recently by the US Senate, which was based upon unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdoms internal affairs, undermining the Kingdoms regional and international role,” its Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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The ministry emphasized that “surprising” actions and statements by American officials had diminished the “stature” of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who'd worked for decades on building economic and security ties between the countries.

The Kingdom has previously asserted that the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi is a deplorable crime that does not reflect the Kingdoms policy nor its institutions.

But even though the US Senate had sent a "wrong message" that had damaged bilateral relations, Riyadh is nevertheless willing to maintain ties with the US, with the ministry reminding Washington that the Gulf state acts as a “cornerstone” of peace and security at both regional and international levels.

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On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution saying it “believes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder” of the Washington Post columnist, effectively undermining the Trump administrations effort to play down and contain the fallout from the high-profile assassination.

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