Posted March 03, 2020 14:23:38The US and Canada have both blocked efforts by Saudi Arabia to extradites Saudi Arabian nationals who are accused of involvement in the murder of hundreds of civilians, a new report says.
In a joint statement, the two governments expressed their “grave concern” about the reported cases and urged Saudi Arabia “to immediately release all persons detained in the kingdom”.
Saudi Arabia is a close ally of Washington.
The kingdom has long been an ally of the US and has been a key supporter of the “war on terror” launched by the US-led coalition to drive out the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.
In November 2016, a Saudi prince was sentenced to death for orchestrating a bombing in Riyadh, killing 22 people and injuring over 100.
The US, Canada and Australia have all repeatedly accused the Saudi Arabian government of complicity in the crime.
The two governments also condemned the US for its alleged involvement in an alleged coup in Yemen.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that Washington would continue to support Saudi Arabia’s “legitimate rights” and “legitimacy” as a sovereign country.
“Our policy on the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen will remain unchanged,” he said.
The Canadian government said in a statement it would not participate in any diplomatic efforts to prosecute those responsible for the Riyadh bombing.
In the statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the US had a “deep concern” for the “tens of thousands of people who were killed and injured” and called on the Saudis to “reassess its relationship with Canada”.
“The Saudi-Saudi relationship is of great importance to the security and stability of the region, and Canada has been committed to ensuring that its interests are protected and Canadians are able to freely express their views and beliefs,” Freeland wrote.