The following is a text by Prime Minister of the Republic of Yemen, Dr. Abdulaziz Saleh bin Habtoor, and was originally published by Al-Thawra News on October 30, 2018.
When Saudi Arabia announced by its Attorney general Saud bin Abdullah al-Moajeb in the very late hours of Friday, October 19, 2018 the death of the famous Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul. it took 17 days from the Saudi leadership to tell the world That Mr. Jamal Khashoggi (died) in its consulate. According to a new story about the death of Khashoggi, they said his death was as a result of a quarrel with him and one of the consulate. As a result of the negligence that led to the death of journalist Jamal, the Royal Command subsequently took the decisions of isolating and dismissing a number of its employees in the military and security services because of this negligence and individual behavior by the security crew sent from Saudi Arabia to Istanbul to carry out this dirty task. The most prominent Scapegoat for this terrible crime is the Saudi Black Brigade / Ahmed al-Asiri, which ended “its card” and its role, even if temporary.
The Attorney-General also announced the investigation of 18 persons accused of involvement in the murder. Saudi Arabia has changed its accounts of the crime of assassination many times.
Naturally, the international media, political and international reactions to the news have varied, and it is normal for such a discrepancy to take place because a person who has been the target of murder is a well-known international media personality with a distinguished presence and critical views of Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies. Naturally, reactions to the repercussions of the entire event will continue for months to come, perhaps for years, because those who carried out the mission of murder and this accursed and documented crime are a monarchical political system with similar, perhaps even uglier, precedents.
Whatever the Saudi regime tried to remove the first suspect in that heinous event, it would not succeed because most of the evidence revealed so far indicate that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his security team committed the brutal crime.
There are still vague questions about the whereabouts of the dead body. The search for answers remains urgent. The Turkish security services continue to search for the threads of the crime. Most of the fingerprints of Politicians, journalists and human rights in Western countries and around the world point to the accuser that those who issued orders and plans with stupidity that is Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his own security team.
This reckless young man who aspires to the throne of Saudi Arabia has already committed many deadly acts inside and outside the Kingdom. The most prominent of which:
First, he has committed horrific crimes in Yemen by unleashing his planes, battleships, guns, mercenaries and agents from the date of 26 March 2015 until this moment. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have been killed and wounded. They have been subjected to an air, sea and land blockade. With a comprehensive and deadly blockade that affected all Yemenis. Even when they held their last economic gathering in Riyadh under the name of “Davos Desert”, they did not ask themselves to say a single word about the suffering, hunger and continuous death of the Yemeni people because of their continued aggression and savage policies against the Yemeni people. (UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, who wrote a memorandum dated 18 October) that the humanitarian situation in Yemen is the worst in the world for 75% of the population, equivalent to 22 million people in need of assistance and protection, including 8.4 million in case of food insecurity And need to provide them with food Urgently), that is, 14 million people have actually entered the stage of famine.
Is it likely that this collective crime in the 21st century will lead the Yemenis to live the worst humanitarian situation in the world because of the rulers of Saudi Arabia who set fire to sedition and unleashed aggression on their neighbors?
Second: In March 2018, the young prince made a shuttle to the capitals of the Western colonial countries, London, Paris, Madrid and Washington, in a public relations trip and distributed pictures on public buses and in front of the cafes of the most important streets of these capitals, holding huge deals to buy arms from these capitals. he showed himself in the image of the enlightened prince who will allow women to drive and open cinemas for the latest Hollywood films in Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif, Dammam and other cities. All these slogans did not hide the fact that the Prince has issued directives to open prisons to activists and opinion-makers, including Ms. Lajin Al-Hathul, Ms. Iman Al-Nafjan, Ms. Aziza Al-Yousef, Ibrahim Al-Mutaimig, Mohammed Bin Fahad Al-Rabiah, And others; and practiced various forms of abuse in all its forms.
Thirdly, the Kingdom has long known or promoted it as protector of the Holy Land and the Two Holy Mosques and a faithful guardian of the rights of Sunni Muslims in our Islamic world. In the era of Ibn Salman, however, the opposite happened. They took a constellation of scholars, hard-working clerics and preachers, including a long standstill in the ranks of the Saudi royal state for decades and others from the dam of the Sacred House in Makkah. The most prominent detainees are Sheikh / Salman al-Awda, Sheikh / Awad al-Qarni, Sheikh / Ali al-Amri, Sheikh / Muhammad Musa al-Sharif, Sheikh / Omar Badhadah, Sheikh / Ahmed bin Abdulrahman al-Suwayan, Sheikh / Imam Idris Abker. The detainees’ lists of scientists indicate that they reached hundreds of them. Many of them were prevented from traveling, most notably Sheikh Mohammed al-Arifi, Sheikh Aa’id al-Qarni, and others. The scholars opposed to the Al-Saud family were extra judicially executed, notably Sheikh Baqir al-Nimr, a Shiite cleric and Sheikh Fares al-Shuwaile.
Fourthly, the young prince raised the slogan of combating corruption in the Saudi state organs. According to this approach, the Ritz-Carlton resort was turned into a large prison. He put his cousins, including princes, ministers and billionaires in this prison by over 208 wealthy people, most notably the billionaire Prince Al- Waleed bin Talal, the Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of National Guard, Prince Turki bin Abdullah, former Governor of Makkah Region, Sheikh Khalid Al Tuwaijri, former Royal Court Chief, Sheikh Adel Fakih, Minister of Economy and Planning, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hussein al-Amoudi al-Hadrami al Yemeni, the billionaire Sheikh Bakr bin Mohammed Awad bin Laden al Saudi al Yemeni al-Hadrami, head of Bin Laden Group, Sheikh / Walid al-Ibrahim MBC owner, Sheikh Saleh Kamel, Ibrahim Asaf the former finance minister.
Fifth: To prove the affirm of the young prince who looking forward to the throne of the king, he and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, specifically imposed unfair sanctions on the State of Qatar and its air, land and sea blockade, Arbitrary treatment of families and families has not yet been provided by livestock, such as camels, cattle and sheep. What happened is something strange in the history of the connections between states, even the Israeli enemy did not do what Saudi Arabia and the UAE do against the State of Qatar.
Sixthly: Saudi Arabia has revealed its true face in recent years, and has demonstrated hostility against the Arab and Islamic peoples and a number of Arab and Islamic countries in the region, including Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon and Iran; it paved the way for the idea of rapprochement and normalization with the Israeli enemy, To a friend, which is the a start to finish the Palestinian cause through the deal of the century of bad reputation in full agreement with the current US administration headed by Donald Trump and his Zionist adviser Kouchner.
Seventh: The frank Saudi recognition of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul was the earthquake that shook the world’s confidence in the credibility of the current Saudi leadership. If the leaks and media stories are correct that he was killed in such a brutal way, it will be the straw that will stab and lay down the camel, which will carry and overthrow the prince’s unbridled dreams of rule and make him an example to others who are avenging the lives and blood of millions of Arab martyrs who have fallen victim to the ruthless rulers of the oil princes and politicians who do not give for human beings weight and no value.
Here is the Yemeni, Arab and regional public opinion and some free voices in the world asking: When will the Saudi regime led by King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman overcome the horrific crimes that occur daily in Yemen?
And whether we will need more years to understand that their crimes in Yemen is bigger than the murder of the journalist Khashoggi thousands of times, and no matter how hidden behind the pretexts of mock to launch their continued aggression on Yemen since March 2015 and until the writing of this article will not succeed at all, because their dependence on the reasons of war was a paper written by President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi with outgoing rule, and this argument invalid does not justify the killing of thousands and injuring tens of thousands and starving millions of Yemenis. It is the crime of the era practiced by Saudi Arabia against a neighboring people, looking only for a free and dignified life in the ruins of the war of aggression. It is, therefore, the king and his deputy, the young prince who aspires to be king, who will pay dearly for these massacres and tragedies suffered by the Yemeni people.
We are aware of the nature of international balances with their complex interests, which surround the war of aggression against Yemen, but at the same time, we are aware of a more important historical fact: that Yemen is not defeated by such weapons and incursions into the killing of its people. I repeat the famous saying that Yemen is the cemetery of the invaders.
If the unruly prince of Saudi Arabia before he decided to invade Yemen had read something from Yemeni history and understood the equation, he would have changed the strategy of invasion by another strategy: to approach the peaceful neighboring people that did not harm any neighbor at all stages of his history; instead of sowing the seeds of hostility Perhaps by seeding brotherhood and joint action. There is still time to change the idea of domination by the power of the rocket and tank imported from Western countries to build bridges of trust and love between the two brotherly peoples.
I think that the rest of the mind of tactical and strategic policymakers in the kingdom is still there. This hypothesis is reinforced by the pressure of the media, diplomatic and Western politicians to lead Saudi Arabia in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Kingdom’s policies during the reign of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and his son, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, have exceeded the limits of reason and logic in their unfair aggression against their neighbors. Therefore, any urgent review has ensured that the king will remain in the kingdom, but more adventures and more extreme opinions are destined to fail.
Still an urgent message to the world: if the centers of influence in the Western world stood in the face of the tyranny of Prince Mohammed bin Salman when he began to bomb the gatherings of weddings, consolation halls, children’s schools, hospitals and popular markets in Yemen, he dared not kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
There are no magical therapeutic recipes in politics at all; there are policies of possibility and availability. Instead of running behind the mirage of false normalization and the so-called deal of the century, we should turn to brother countries with actual and balanced policies.