US asks Saudi Arabia about ex-spy’s detained children

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US asks Saudi Arabia about ex-spy’s detained children

Washington: The United States Department of State said in a letter it has repeatedly requested that Saudi Arabia “clarify the status and nature” of the detention of two children of a former top Saudi intelligence officer exiled in Canada who has alleged that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) wants to assassinate him.

The State Department letter came in response to one sent by four US senators last month, calling on President Donald Trump to help free the detained children of Saad al-Jabri, who has worked closely with the US.

“For years, Dr. Aljabri was the US Embassy in Riyadh’s counterpart on shared counterterrorism efforts and responded around the clock to threats against our Mission and personnel,” stated the letter by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Legislative Affairs Ryan M Kaldahl.

It says the US appreciates Al-Jabri’s “contributions to keeping our citizens safe” and “absent sufficient and compelling justification” will continue to advocate for the wellbeing of Al-Jabri’s children.

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