Saudi Arabia Hits Out at U.S. ‘Interference’ Over Jamal Khashoggi's Murder

Saudi Arabia has attacked the U.S. Senate after a bipartisan resolution was passed last week that directly blamed the kingdom’s rulers for the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Senators last Thursday passed the measure that blamed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Khashoggi’s killing and called on Riyadh to “ensure appropriate accountability.” They also passed a measure calling for the end of U.S. aid to the Saudi-led war in Yemen. In a strongly worded statement issued early Monday, Saudi Arabia said the Senate’s resolution “contained blatant interferences” in the kingdom’s internal affairs and was based on “unsubstantiated claims and allegations.” The statement went on: “The kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership... and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature.” In October, Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. The assassins have been linked to the Saudi crown prince.