“I swear not to sleep in Riyadh.” A Saudi minister tells the story of King Fahd’s “expulsion” of the American ambassador

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Minister of State for African Affairs in Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Kattan, narrated a story about King Fahd bin Abdulaziz’s “expulsion” of the American ambassador and his refusal to sleep in Riyadh after he criticized Saudi Arabia over a Chinese missile deal.

“His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz and Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz were assigned to purchase Chinese missiles for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Kattan said during an interview with the “Image” program via Rotana Gulf.

The Saudi minister added, “Whenever Prince Bandar goes to Beijing, the Israeli embassy expresses its resentment to the Americans, and Prince Bandar tells them that my travels are to support Iraq in the Iran war,” he said.

And Kattan continued, saying, “Until (the missiles) arrived in Riyadh,” and added: “After they discovered the missiles in the Kingdom, a delegation arrived to meet King Fahd to protest against these missiles and it was, I think Philip Habib, and the American ambassador is Horan,” he said.

And the Saudi minister added: “The American ambassador spoke about what he should not speak in front of Fahd bin Abdulaziz protesting what happened and asking why he did not inform the Americans. King Fahd, may God have mercy on him, heard him what no one had heard before and I swear by God Almighty not to stay overnight in Riyadh and went to The eastern region is in Dhahran, he stayed there and then was expelled, “he said.

And Kattan concluded, saying: “Bring me a country that expelled the American ambassador before,” referring to the story he mentioned.

These statements from the former Saudi minister came in light of the tension in the relationship between Riyadh and Washington after the US intelligence report on the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and accusing the crown prince of agreeing to his arrest or killing, a report rejected by the Kingdom.





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