The Gulf Cooperation Council expressed support for Saudi Arabia’s statement regarding the US intelligence report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, Nayef Al-Hajraf, affirmed his appreciation for the great and pivotal role the Kingdom plays in enhancing regional and international peace and security, and its great role in combating terrorism and supporting the efforts of the international community to combat it and dry up its sources.
The Secretary-General pointed out that “the report is nothing more than an opinion devoid of any conclusive evidence,” stressing that “what the Kingdom is doing under the leadership of King Salman and his crown prince in support of regional and international peace and security and in combating terrorism is a historical, constant and appreciated role.”
And the American intelligence said in its report, “We estimate that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to arrest or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
Saudi Arabia officially rejected “the abusive and incorrect findings in the report about the kingdom’s leadership,” according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, adding that those responsible for this “heinous crime” were tried before Saudi courts and “were brought to justice.”
Riyadh denies any involvement of the crown prince.