ANKARA Saudi Arabia’s refusal to extradite suspects in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is very disappointing and the world should seek justice for his case under international law, the director of communications at the Turkish presidency told Reuters on Dec. 10. Since Turkey had seen little evidence that Saudi prosecutors will shed light on the Oct. 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, “it will be in the best interest of the international community to seek justice for the late Saudi journalist under international law”, Fahrettin Altun said. Altun stressed that the negative response from Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to Ankara's extradition request was "very disappointing." "We don’t extradite our citizens," Jubeir has said in the 39th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) news conference on Dec. 9 when he was asked about Turkey's request. Khashoggi, a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed … [Read more...] about Turkey ‘disappointed’ over Saudi Arabia’s refusal to extradite Khashoggi murder suspects
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Several of Qatar’s neighbours — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain — were joined on 5 June by Egypt, Yemen and some smaller countries in dissolving diplomatic ties with Qatar, and placing it under siege by air, sea and land. In an official statement, the Saudi government referred to several ‘grave violations’ allegedly committed by Qatar, since 2006 the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG). It has accused Qatar’s emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, of ‘instigating against the Saudi state and infringing on its sovereignty, supporting various terrorist and other groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State, using its media to attack Saudi Arabia, and undermining the war in Yemen.’ Gulf analyst Neil Partrick goes as far as to argue that the crisis ‘represents the total failure of the Gulf Union project.’ What light does the crisis throw on Saudi … [Read more...] about Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia as anti-hero?
London, England - The international community must revise its stance towards Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to end the current Gulf crisis, experts of international law and Middle East politics told a conference in London on Thursday. Panellists agreed that unless world leaders take stronger action, the probability of the Gulf crisis ending soon is low, and constitutes a threat to the wider region. "We are seeing a deepening and widening of the crisis. I don't see it changing any time soon unless other states change their position. Europe and the international community must change [their] position. "[They are] morally obliged to, and I would argue, legally obliged to," said Carl Buckley, a barrister and Chambers Director at Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers. "Saudi Arabia is emboldened to continue to act as it sees fit, because silence is seen as tacit approval," Buckley said at the event, which was hosted … [Read more...] about World must revise stance on Saudi to end GCC crisis: analysts
Saudi Arabia's state airline is suspending flights in and out of Toronto amid an intensifying diplomatic row with Canada. Earlier on Monday, Ottawa refused to back down in its defense of human rights after Riyadh froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for the country's call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists. In her first public response to Saudi Arabia's actions, foreign minister Chrystia Freeland said, "Let me be very clear... Canada will always stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world, and women's rights are human rights." On Monday evening, the airline, Saudia, made the announcement on its Twitter account that it was suspending flights from the 13 August. The news prompted users to ask how Saudis already on holiday in Canada were going to get back. "Can I know how my family and I get back after the holiday?" one Twitter user asked Saudia. "We have a confirmed reservation and return tickets on August 24 … [Read more...] about News.Az — Your Window to the RegionSaudi Arabia to suspend Toronto flights as spat with Canada continues
Saudi Arabia has slammed a controversial Israeli law as "perpetuating racial discrimination" against Palestinians by defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, state media reported. The law adopted by Israel's parliament on Thursday also defines the establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national interest and downgrades Arabic from an official language to one with special status. Citing a Saudi foreign ministry source, the official Saudi Press Agency said late Friday the kingdom "rejects and disapproves" of the new legislation which it argued contradicts international law. The source called on the international community to "confront such a law and or other Israeli attempts, aimed at perpetuating racial discrimination against the Palestinian people", SPA reported. Saudi Arabia said the adoption of the law would also be a barrier to ending the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Earlier this year King Salman reaffirmed Saudi Arabia's "steadfast" … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia slams ‘racial discrimination’ of Israeli law