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UAE backs Saudi rebuke of US Senate over Khashoggi killing

December 18, 2018

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has thrown its support behind Saudi Arabia’s rebuke of the U.S. Senate, which passed a resolution last week blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The UAE, a close U.S. ally and major weapons buyer, released a statement affirming its “policy of full solidarity” with Saudi Arabia with regards to the U.S. Senate decision and “against anyone who attempts to undermine the kingdom’s stature and regional position.”

The statement, published Wednesday on the state-run WAM news agency, said the UAE rejects “unfounded allegations and accusations” as well as “attempts that would harm Saudi Arabia’s fundamental role as a major power ensuring security and stability in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

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