Saudi Arabia has denounced as “blatant interference” a resolution by the US Senate accusing the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and calling for an end to Washington’s military support for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen.
The Senate’s move last week dealt a new warning to US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly signaled his backing for the Saudi leadership even amid a mounting outcry over the killing of Khashoggi, a critic of the powerful Prince Mohammed, and the devastating Yemen conflict.
In a unanimous vote on Thursday, the Senate approved the resolution condemning Khashoggi’s murder and alleging that Prince Mohammed is “responsible” for it.
The Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement today that the recent position of the United States Senate, which it said has been built on baseless allegations and accusations, includes blatant interference in the internal affairs and the role of the kingdom at the regional and international level.
It added that the Kingdom hopes that it is not drawn into domestic political debates with the United States of America, to avoid any strain in the ties between the two countries.