Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir has rejected the attempts of political exploitation of the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.
Al-Jubeir added on Tuesday, in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat, that “we completely reject the attempts of political exploitation of Khashoggi’s case. Those who want to achieve justice are kindly asked to submit their evidence to the Saudi judiciary.” He also stressed that, in response to high-level enquiries, Turkish authorities have confirmed to Riyadh that they have not meant to indict Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in the issued Turkish statements accusing a high-rank figure of ordering the assassination of Khashoggi.
Al-Jubeir called on Ankara to submit its evidence in the case to the Saudi Public Prosecution to help to clarify all the facts.
He continued: “I would like to emphasise that the Kingdom’s leadership, represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince, is a red line, and we will not allow any party’s attempts to undermine or overthrow our leadership under any pretext.”
The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the leadership of the Kingdom is keen to maintain and strengthen the strategic relationship and historic partnership with the United States, noting that the US sanctions in the case of Khashoggi are individual, and did not target the Kingdom’s government or economy.
He explained that the Kingdom had been the first to take action against the accused people in the case of the death of Jamal Khashoggi, followed by other countries, by the imposition of measures against individuals in a way that does not affect the strategic relations and political and economic interests between us and our allies.
Al-Jubeir also pointed out that media campaigns, the politicisation attempts, and those behind them have become blatant, after the clear declaration of investigations’ results and the referral of the accused persons to trial.