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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate stance

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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia issued a statement rejecting the stance of the US Senate, which was based upon unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interference in the kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the kingdom’s regional and international role, according to SPA.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, Saudi Arabia reaffirmed its commitment to continue developing relations with the United States of America, voicing concern over "the stance taken by members of an esteemed legislative body of an allied and friendly government, a government that the kingdom, holds at the highest regard, and with whom the kingdom maintains deep strategic, political, economic, and security ties that were built over several decades to serve the interests of both countries and peoples".

The statement stressed Saudi Arabia's categorical rejection of 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.

It said that such a position will not affect its leading role in the region, in the Arab and Muslim worlds, and internationally. The kingdom has and will continue to fulfill its pivotal role in the Arab and Muslim worlds, as it holds a special place for Muslims around the world. Such a status has made the kingdom a pillar of stability in the Middle East and the world, and a cornerstone for the efforts to achieve peace and security regionally and globally.

The kingdom also enjoys a leading role in supporting the stability of international energy markets through maintaining a balance that serves both producers and consumers.

The contributions made by the kingdom to the international efforts to counter terrorism, in the areas of military, security, countering finance, and combating terrorist ideology, have made a great impact in the demise of terrorist organisations such as ISIS, Al Qaeda and others, saving many innocent lives around the world.

These contributions included the formation and leadership of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, and the effective participation in the US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. The kingdom has also steadfastly stood by the United States of America in confronting Iran’s maligning activities, which it spreads through its allies and proxies to destabilise the region.

At the same time, the kingdom continues its efforts towards achieving a political solution, by the Yemeni parties, to the situation in Yemen based on UNSC resolution 2216, the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, and the outcomes of the Comprehensive Yemeni National Dialogue, including the efforts by the United Nations special envoy that led, with the support of the kingdom, to the agreements that were announced recently in Sweden. The kingdom considers the humanitarian situation in Yemen a priority and it provides, through the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief, significant aid to the Yemeni people in all areas of Yemen. The kingdom co-operates with relevant international organisations and bodies to deliver aid to people in need.

Saudi Arabia has previously asserted that the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi is a deplorable crime that does not reflect the kingdom’s policy nor its institutions, rejecting attempts to take the case out of the path of justice in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia stressed keenness on relations with the United States of America, appreciating the prudent position taken by the United States Government and its institutions regarding the recent developments, as it realises that this position by the US Senate sends the wrong messages to all those who want to cause a rift in Saudi-US relationship.

"The kingdom hopes that it is not drawn into domestic political debates in the United States of America, to avoid any ramifications on the ties between the two countries that could have significant negative impacts on this important strategic relationship," said the statement.

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