The US Department of State has confirmed in a special report that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan have close links to international terrorism.
The report described the UAE as “a regional and international station for terrorist organisations’ moves, and a centre for receiving and sending financial support for them.”
The US State Department report also accused Saudi Arabia of “continuing to arrest activists and academics under the pretext of anti-terrorism laws,” and said that the Kingdom “defends those arrests on the pretext that they had committed crimes against national security and classified as terrorist.”
However, the report states that “Saudi Arabia continues to provide some support for intolerant views in a number of countries (…) Some Saudi textbooks still contain language that incites discrimination, intolerance and violence.”
The State Department’s findings are interesting, as the US consideres both Saudi Arabia and the UAE as key allies, and often justifies this by describing them as “allies in the war against terrorism”