Riyadh: US Interference rejected by Saudi Arabia as a US Senate resolution to end American military support for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen, and holding its crown prince responsible for the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi.
The Foreign Ministry in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency said that “ The Kingdom condemns the latest position of the US Senate that was based on unsubstantiated allegations and rejects the blatant interference in its internal Affairs”
The US Senate Vote on Thursday dealt a fresh warning to President Donald Trump, Who has staunchly backed the Saudi regime despite a global uproar over the Yemen Conflict and the murder of journalist Khashoggi.
Hence, attacking to the presidential prerogative to launch military action, 49 Democrats of their allies voted in favour, along with seven Republicans, while another three Republicans abstained.
A resolution was approved by the Senate condemning Khashoggi murder and calling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia de facto ruler “responsible” for it.
Further, the Ministry said, “ this position by the US Senate sends the wrong messages to all those a rift in Saudi-US relationship.” It also added “ the Kingdom hopes that it is not drawn into domestic political debates in the US to avoid any.. Significant negative impact on this important strategic relationship”
The US-Saudi ties were important as the Senate resolution acknowledge the ties but called on Riyadh to moderate its increasingly erratic foreign policy.
Before January the resolutions cannot be debated in the House of Representatives, and would likely be vetoed in any case by Trump. But the Senate votes send a strong message to the White House over anger on both sides of the aisle towards Riyadh.