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Gulf countries and GCC throw weight behind Saudis

Middle East News
21 Oct 2018, 14:49 GMT+10

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – While the international community was expressing scepticism about steps taken by Saudi Arabia in the case of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khasoggi, the Arab world rallied around the monarchy.

Allied Gulf states on Saturday lavishly praised decrees ordered by Saudi Arabia's King Salman, as reported by Arab News.

Statements of support were made by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Palestine, along with the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, the Muslim World League (MWL) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by its leadership, was and still is a state of institutions based on justice and equity," UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said Saturday.

"The royal decisions and actions taken after the investigation in this case reaffirm these values and established principles to ensure the application of law and justice," he said.

The UAE's official news agency WAM said, 'The United Arab Emirates hailed the directives and decisions of King Salman, following the unfortunate incident that killed Khashoggi.'

Egypt described the king's actions as "decisive" and "brave."

"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.

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

Bahrain praised the king's interest to establish justice and fairness and his endeavours to disclose the facts, both impartially and objectively.

"Saudi Arabia was and will remain the state of justice, values and principles that guarantee the application of law to all without exception," a statement issued by Saudi Press Agency said.

The Bahrain monarchy reaffirmed its "strong solidarity with the Kingdom in all its positions and actions to all that harms its security, sovereignty and stability."

Palestine commended the Saudi king's decisions to affirm justice and fairness.

The statement also stressed that Saudi Arabia, "under the wise leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will remain the state of justice, values and principles."

Yemen praised the results of preliminary investigations conducted by Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecution into Khashoggi's death, and praised the decisions taken by the king.

In a statement published by Yemen's state news agency Saba New, the Yemeni government said that the findings of Saudi Arabia's investigation in the Khashoggi case and the arrests that were made, reflect the keenness of judicial institutions to ensure the safety of the Kingdom's citizens inside the country and abroad.

Jordan said that it stands with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the steps it has taken regarding the case of Khashoggi. The Jordanian government added that the measures taken by Saudi Arabia are essential for achieving justice.

Djibouti said the king's decisions were proof that Saudi Arabia is a nation of values, principles, and justice.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) affirmed that, 'since the beginning of its establishment that was based on justice, Saudi Arabia does not hesitate in implementing its provisions. King Salman Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to bring all those who violate it to justice.'

Secretary-general, Dr. Yousuf Al-Othaimeen, praised 'the transparency with which the Saudi Arabian government dealt with the disappearance of the Saudi journalist, which issued decisive decisions on Friday, including the arrest of 18 persons involved in the case following the initial investigations of the Attorney General.'

'The kingdom confirmed the protection of its citizens and said it will not give up their rights. 
Moreover from the beginning of Khashoggi's disappearance, the kingdom stressed that it will reveal the truth and will apply justice to all those involved, which is already underway.'

Al-Othaimeen warned however that 'it is not possible to jump to conclusions in these investigations until it is officially concluded.'

'All 18 detainees are still accused and have not been found guilty by the judiciary.'

 "The Saudi judiciary, which has integrity and independence, will issue fair judgments, and it is not appropriate to prejudge decisions made by the judiciary," he said.

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani lauded the latest measurements taken by the kingdom.

In a statement, Al-Zayani called the measurements 'as asserting the firmness as well as the wisdom of the kingdom's leadership, by clearly prioritizing facts before world public opinion and by pursuing investigations in such a sorrowful and grave case and holding those involved accountable.'

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

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