JONES CALLS FOR ACTION ON SAUDI ARABIA

Oct 12, 2018 Issues: Overseas Conflict

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the disappearance and suspected murder of U.S.-based journalist and democracy advocate Jamal Khashoggi, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-03) is calling on President Donald Trump to investigate Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the disappearance, and to reconsider the United States’ involvement with the kingdom. In a letter sent today, Jones reminded President Trump of Saudi Arabia’s long history of disregarding American values and principles of freedom.

“It is not surprising that intelligence agencies around the world strongly believe the Saudi Arabian government is complicit in Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and suspected murder,” wrote Congressman Jones. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a long history of disregarding America’s values and acting against the best interests of our country. We were reminded of that in 2016 when the House Intelligence Committee released the 28 pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks upon the United States, which were classified by the Bush Administration.  As you recall, the 28 pages implicated the Saudi royal family in financially supporting the 9/11 hijackers.”

“Despite this, the United States continues to treat Saudi Arabia as if it were one of our greatest allies,” Jones continued.  “That is as stupid as it is sickening.  Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in the 9/11 attacks and many are still suffering and dying from mental and physical wounds.  I urge you to demand answers from the Saudi Arabian government regarding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, to end American support of Saudi Arabian involvement in the Yemeni Civil War, and to reevaluate our unholy alliance with the kingdom immediately.”

The full letter to President Trump is attached.

Congressman Jones was a leader in the fight to release the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001. The 28 pages directly linked the Saudi royal family to the 9/11 hijackers.

For more information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at Allison.tucker@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-3415.

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