Two Jordanians on Trial in Saudi Arabia Over Spying for Mossad

01 May, 2018, 13:13 | Author: Angel Logan
  • US secretary of state arrives in Riyadh for official visit

They discussed bilateral relations as well as the latest developments in the Middle East and the efforts made regarding them. "It supports the murderous Assad regime (in Syria) as well", he said in joint remarks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir.

Ghassemi also reiterated previous government statements denying Saudi and USA accusations that Iran is supplying weapons to Yemen's Huthi rebels, backed politically by Tehran.

According to the New York Times, Pompeo was somewhat more blunt with the Saudis in private about the dispute with Qatar.

The two men were charged with spying for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and of planning "a terrorist act for the hajj season", which this year falls in August, while one of them was also accused of contacts with the Islamic State jihadist group.

Pompeo succeeded Rex Tillerson, a former chairman of Exxon Mobil who was leading USA efforts to end Qatar's isolation.

Pompeo also pressed the Saudis to ease up on their blockade of Yemen and allow more aid to reach civilians, mindful of the growing threat to regional stability and embarrassing distraction from the US agenda posed by the civil war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

In Riyadh yesterday Mr Pompeo reiterated President Trump's threat to terminate the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

"Iran destabilises this entire region".

Such charges are "a false problem, created exclusively for the objective of diverting the attention of worldwide public opinion from the atrocities committed by Saudi Arabia in its daily attacks" in Yemen, he said. "It is just a worthless claim geared to the perpetuation of Saudi Arabia's warmongering, its aggression against Yemen, and the destructive and destabilising presence of foreign powers in the region".

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