Riyadh - SPA
Saudi Arabia Doesn't Accept neither Dictatation nor Interference, in its Internal Affairs, Al-Jubeir Announces
Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir stressed here today that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, since the time of the founding King Abdulaziz Al Saud, had never accepted dictations or interference in its internal affairs, pointing out that the crisis was imposed on us because of Canada's flagrant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom, as it began with the statement of the Canadian Foreign Minister and Riyadh-based Canadian embassy, over the so-called civil society activists, detained in the Kingdom, calling for their immediate release.
He dismissed such an interference from Canada as unacceptable and does not relate to human rights issues, instead, it relates to matters of state security as confirmed by the Kingdom and that the detention of those mentioned was done by the competent authority, or the Public Prosecution, on charges of committing crimes that necessitate arresting them, in accordance with applicable legal procedures that guarantee their legitimate rights and provide them with all safeguards, during the investigation and trial phases.
This was unfolded, during a press conference held by the minister, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here today, where he explained that the arrested persons have contacted with foreign parties and recruited people, in sensitive domains, to obtain information and communicate them to parties hostile to Saudi Arabia, in order to be used against the Kingdom.
Al-Jubeir reaffirmed that the Kingdom respects all views and accept appropriate criticism, however it does not accept diktats, pointing out the Kingdom does not seek to impose its principle on any entity, and indicating that the Kingdom has secured the support of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, with the exception of the state of Qatar, the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and that Canada must understand that what it has done is unacceptable to the Kingdom and the Arab countries.
The Foreign Minister explained that the Kingdom has taken these measures to make it clear to Canada, that it does not accept interference in its internal affairs, resulting in withdrawal of the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to Canada, the Canadian Ambassador to the Kingdom being considered as Persona-non-Grata and suspension of investment and trade in addition to stopping of civil flights between the Kingdom and Canada.
Work also is in progress, the minister added, on withdrawal of Saudi students and patients from Canada and sending them to other countries.
Furthermore, Al-Jubeir indicated that the concerned authorities will do so with all skill and seriousness, reaffirming that Canada's actions are unacceptable and that Saudi Arabia is a country with full sovereignty and prestige and neither accepts dictations nor interventions in its internal affairs and that Canada must change its policies and approaches, in dealing with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Al-Jubeir stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH the Crown Prince is keen on its citizens and will not hesitate to provide all support and assistance to them, in all fields.
He concluded that under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, that two logistics chambers were set up, at the Embassy of the Kingdom, in Canada, and at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here, to take into account the interests of affected Saudis, in Canada, and to provide all necessary assistance to and support for them in all fields.