Saudi press accuses US of supporting terrorism, abusing human rights


Tensions between Riyadh and Washington were already prevalent after the US released its intelligence report on the killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The report stated that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) had probably given the order to “capture or kill” the Saudi dissident journalist in the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul in late 2018. The Saudi press, in turn, has been accusing the US of “supporting terror, committing crimes against humanity and violating human rights,” according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). MEMRI cites cases where the Saudi press is claiming the current US administration is attempting to help hostile countries such as Iran, Qatar and Turkey, while vilifying Saudi Arabia as a human rights abuser in the process… By ignoring the human rights abuses in places like Iran – with whom the US is trying to renegotiate a nuclear deal with – the Saudi press believes the US criticism placed on alleged human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia is “hypocritical.”

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