Congressional efforts last week to penalize Saudi Arabia for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen are “providing ammunition to the ‘death to America crowd,’” Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir says.
In an interview aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” al-Jubeir defended his nation’s investigation of the October 2018 murder of the Washington Post columnist as well as its aid to Yemen.
"I find it very strange that members of Congress would try to curtail allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in trying to push back against terrorist organizations supported by Iran and Hezbollah,” he said. “So basically what this legislation is doing is providing ammunition to the ‘death to America’ crowd.”
"We're the ones that are providing the largest amount of humanitarian assistance to Yemen of any country in the world. We've provided $13 billion dollars, plus, in assistance to Yemen over the last four years. And we will continue to provide assistance to the Yemeni people."
In his interview, al-Jubeir also firmly denied that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had anything to do with Khashoggi slaying.
“The death of Jamal Khashoggi was a massive tragedy,” he said. “It was a mistake. It was committed by officials of the Saudi government acting outside their scope of authority. The king ordered investigation. The investigation led to the arrest of a number of individuals. Eleven of those individuals have been charged by the public prosecutor, and the trials have begun… The crown prince had nothing to do with this.”
“Nobody in Saudi Arabia knew about the murder except the people who did it, he added.