UAE Warns against 'Destabilizing' KSA over Khashoggi


The United Arab Emirates warned Friday that the growing controversy over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi should not be exploited to "destabilize" Saudi Arabia.

The UAE state minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, tweeted that Abu Dhabi was "firmly" opposed to "politicization (of the case) and efforts to destabilize Saudi Arabia," its close ally.

Pro-government Turkish media have repeatedly claimed that Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and U.S. resident who wrote for the Washington Post, was tortured and decapitated by a Saudi hit squad inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, although Turkey has yet to divulge details about the investigation.

But the controversy has already put the kingdom -- for decades a key Western ally and bulwark against Iran in the Middle East -- under unprecedented pressure amid reports it is scrambling to provide an explanation to take the heat off its rulers.

It is also a major crisis for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a favorite of the Trump administration who has portrayed himself as a modernizing Arab reformer, but whose image and even position at home could now be gravely undermined.

Comments 6
Thumb chrisrushlau 19 October 2018, 21:20

That's what our police chief here in Portland, Maine, said after his officer shot dead an African-American man who'd previously been waving an air rifle around. It should not be "politicized", said the chief.

Thumb s.o.s 19 October 2018, 22:46

There's a plot against MBS and his reforms.arabs aren't allowed to have real powerful leaders since Gamal Abed el Nasser. Anything will be done to stop rightful panarab leaders. This is just another prime example. One doesn't have to agree with MBS'policies to aknowledge his status.

Thumb blablablablabla 19 October 2018, 23:29

here comes the troll with his double langage standards

MBS is a real butcher, he even travels with a bone saw

Thumb gigahabib 20 October 2018, 02:09

BS is an American stooge, comparing him to Nasser is blasphemy. In fact, the Saudis tried to weaken Nasser by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood back then, with help from their American owners.

Thumb Mystic 20 October 2018, 09:59

Rightful pan arab leaders that bows down to American and Israel. How is that anything Pan arab.
Go cut some of your journalists to pieces, that is your specialism.

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 October 2018, 17:01

This is all wrong in the first place. However to be fair it is consistent with every regime in the middle east including Iran. the bigger question coming up is how far will this be taken? How far is Europe or the US taking this? Iran and it media as we can see above would like to expand this as much as possible on the other hand the islamic world needs to get with reality and stop these acts of hedonism.