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Arab Support for Saudi Decisions in Khashoggi Case

Arab Support for Saudi Decisions in Khashoggi Case

Saturday, 20 October, 2018 - 10:15
In this file photo, Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist, speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 29, 2011 Virginia Mayo—AP
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The latest decisions taken by the Saudi royalty in the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have led to a wave of praise and support from various Arab countries and institutions.

The United Arab Emirates on Saturday supported Riyadh's statement on the case, the official news agency WAM said.

The Gulf Arab state "commends directives and decisions of Saudi King Salman (bin Abdulaziz) on the issue of Kashoggi," WAM said on Twitter.

For its part, Bahrain praised directives and decisions of King Salman, stressing that "Saudi Arabia remains a state of justice, principles, and morals."

Also, Egypt praised what it called the "decisive" and "brave" actions taken by the Saudi King in the investigation into the Khashoggi case.

"Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty's approach that respects the principles of law and applications of effective justice," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It also offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said it was confident the investigation would reveal the truth.

Saudi Arabia's highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, said the King's decisions "achieve justice and equality in accordance with Islamic law", according to a statement on state news agency SPA.

Saudi Arabia has said that Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate, and dismissed several officials over the incident, including Maj. Gen. Ahmed bin Hassan Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani.

A statement carried by SPA read: "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Public Prosecution showed that the suspects had traveled to Istanbul to meet with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi as there were indications of the possibility of his returning back to the country.

"Discussions took place with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi during his presence in the consulate of the kingdom in Istanbul by the suspects (that) did not go as required and developed in a negative way, leading to a fistfight. The brawl led to his death and their attempt to conceal and hide what happened."

The kingdom expressed its deep regret at "the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the kingdom to bring the facts to the public opinion, to hold all those involved accountable and bring them to justice." 

Furthermore, King Salman ordered the formation of a ministerial committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to restructure the general intelligence agency.

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