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King Salman to Trump: Military Base Shooter Doesn’t Represent Saudi People

King Salman to Trump: Military Base Shooter Doesn’t Represent Saudi People

Saturday, 7 December, 2019 - 06:15
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz. SPA
Washington - Moaz Al-Omari
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, said he has directed Saudi security services to cooperate with US authorities investigating a deadly shooting at a Florida military base.

A military student on Friday opened fire in a classroom building at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, leaving three Americans dead before being shot dead by police.

Agence France Presse quoted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as saying that the shooter was from Saudi Arabia.

King Salman telephoned US President Donald Trump expressing "his sorrow and grief" over the shooting.

The King assured him that the "perpetrator of this heinous crime" does not represent the Saudi people.

He "assured Trump of the Kingdom's full support to the United States” and "directed Saudi security services to cooperate with the relevant American agencies to uncover information that will help determine the cause of this horrific attack."

Trump said that Saudi Arabia's King had called to express condolences.

"King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences," Trump tweeted after the shooting in Florida.

"The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people," Trump added.

Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman extended his condolences by saying “my thoughts are with our American friends at this difficult time.”

“A large number of Saudi graduates of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola moved on to serve with their US counterparts in battlefronts around the world, helping to safeguard regional and global security. Today's tragic event is strongly condemned by everyone in Saudi Arabia.”

Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the Saudi foreign minister, described the shooting as a “heinous crime.”

“The Kingdom expresses its deepest condolences to the families of victims, and to the American people,” he said.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir also offered his “deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences” to the American people and to the families of those effected by the tragedy.

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