DUBAI, UAE - In an unprecedented show of support, the Arab world has come together to solidly back Saudi Arabia as it comes under intense international pressure over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jmamal Khashoggi.
Countries throughout the Gulf and the Midlde East, together with the Arab League have joined together in solidarity to support the Saudi government.
The Arab League said it rejected any threat to impose sanctions on the kingdom, saying “it is totally unacceptable in the framework of relations between countries to threaten economic sanctions as a policy or instrument to achieve political or unilateral objectives.”
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, affirmed his country's deep appreciation for the Saudi leadership and praised its position as a major force to ensure regional security and stability and praised its positive role in all its initiatives and constructive policies.
He stressed, while there is a need to clarify the information related to the Khashoggi case, the repercussions of political incitement against the kingdom are unacceptable.
King Salman, the Saudi Press Agency said, received a phone call from Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Al-Khalifa, who reiterated Bahrain's constant stand with Saudi Arabia against anyone trying to harm it.
King Hamad, said SPA, affirmed his country’s categorical rejection of anyone who tries to undermine the policy and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain's united stand with Saudi Arabia.
Bahrain had earlier expressed its gratitude of the important role played by Saudi Arabia, which “is considered the foundation for security and stability in the Arab and Islamic worlds.”
“Bahrain reiterates its firm stance with Saudi Arabia in all its policies and efforts to confront the various threats and risks facing the international community, extremism and terrorism, as well as the kingdom’s efforts to promote international cooperation at various political, economic and security levels and its enormous potential in promoting peace and stability throughout the world,” a statement from the Bahrain News Agency said.
An Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman said Egypt warns against "trying to exploit this issue politically against Saudi Arabia on arbitrary charges, and affirms its support for the kingdom in its efforts and positions to deal with this event,” stressing the importance of revealing the truth of what happened in the context of a transparent investigation, and the danger of not waiting for the results of the investigations instead of the arbitrary charges.
Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said: “The position occupied by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Arab and international societies puts it in the ranks of the central countries entrusted with the stability of the region and in support of Arab issues” and added the campaigns against it constitute a breach of this stability and rejected calls to drag the region towards further negative developments.
Oman’s foreign ministry said the Sultanate “supports the kingdom in its efforts to clarify the truth, and verification before any hasty, prior judgments are made.”
The government in Jordan affirmed the kingdom’s central role in consolidating security, stability and peace and enhancing economic cooperation both regionally and globally.
Media minister Jumana Ghunaimat said in a press statement on Sunday that Jordan stands with Saudi Arabia in the face of any targeted rumors and campaigns aimed without relying on facts.
She stressed Jordan’s support for the Saudi position on the need to provide verified reason and justification to the investigation, stressing the strong strategic relations between the two kingdoms.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday expressed his appreciation for the firm stance of the kingdom, "which always stands side by the side with Palestine and the rights of its people."
Abbas also expressed his absolute confidence in the kingdom, under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, stressing that "Palestine was and will remain with Saudi Arabia," in a statement issued by the Palestinian News Agency.
Meanwhile, Yemen said the kingdom is “being subjected to malicious and prejudicial tendencies due to its honorable and honest positions with issues regarding the Arab and Islamic nation and its leading roles in regional and international stability,” reported the Yemeni news agency Saba
"The cheap media and political targeting of Saudi Arabia will not deter the kingdom from continuing its leading and pioneering role,” the statement added.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) praised the Turkish-Saudi initiative of forming a joint working group and bringing together specialists from both countries to investigate the circumstances of Khashoggi’s disappearance in Istanbul, Turkey.
“The two countries are capable of presenting a model of bilateral cooperation in the most difficult circumstances, as well as the means to produce results that translate into their good intentions and the depth of good inherent in their leadership,” said OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen.
The OIC stressed the importance of waiting for the results of the investigation conducted by Turkey, with the cooperation of Saudi Arabia, and not jump to premature conclusions, warning regional and international media to ensure accuracy and professionalism in their publications.
The Muslim World League (MWL) also added its voice to the growing chorus of support for Saudi Arabia in the ongoing investigation from Arab nations and organizations.
In a statement issued by the MWL on Sunday, Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Isa, the organization’s Secretary General issued a categorical rejection of any threats against the kingdom.
Al-Isa added that provoking the ingdom is a “provocation to the feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims” who stand with the kingdom.
He concluded that the MWL fully supports the stance of the Saudi government.