Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister urges Britain to ‘respect’ the kingdom’s use of the death penalty

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said his country has not 'done a good job of reaching out to British media' [Image: Getty/Ahmed Farwan].

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said his country has not ‘done a good job of reaching out to British media’ [Image: Getty/Ahmed Farwan].

One can only look forward with eager anticipation to Saudi Arabia’s forthcoming attempt to explain its use of the death penalty – 47 times in a single day – in a way that will encourage the UK public to sympathise.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has urged Britain to “respect” his country’s use of the death penalty, two weeks after the oil-rich kingdom executed 47 people in one day.

Adel al-Jubeir, responding to a question over the kingdom’s “terrible image problem”, put to him by Channel 4 News’ Jonathan Rugman, said: “Well on this issue we have a fundamental difference. In your country, you do no execute people, we respect it. In our country the death penalty is part of our laws and you have to respect this as it is the law, part of the law, in the United States and other countries.”

He added: “With regards to the perception of Saudi Arabia among the British public, this is a problem we need to work on. We have not been good at explaining ourselves, we have not done a good job at reaching out to the British media or to the British public or to the British institutions, academic institutions, think thanks and so forth.

“We maybe not have been as communicative as we should be.”

Source: Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister Adel al-Jubeir urges Britain to ‘respect’ the kingdom’s use of the death penalty | Middle East | News | The Independent

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4 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister urges Britain to ‘respect’ the kingdom’s use of the death penalty

  1. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    I have enormous respect for the rulers of that country as long as there is a huge DIS in front of respect. I judge people by their actions, not necessarily by their words and I would expect any country which considers itself to be a democracy to feel the same.

  2. daijohn

    You’ve haven’t been good at explaining why you execute people for offences that are no more than trivial to us and you never will be. Just imagine their blood in the sand and that you were next! up.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I take it this is aimed at Saudi Arabia, rather than Vox Political. This Writer has never executed anybody at all.

  3. mohandeer

    …”In our country the death penalty is part of our laws and you have to respect this as it is the law, part of the law, in the United States and other countries.”
    So is providing legal representation (part of their constitution) but many of those beheaded and still facing execution like the Palestinian poet recently found guilty, have not been allowed legal representation. So the Saudi’s have shown they do not respect their own law let alone peoples lives but dare to lecture us on minutae such as state sanctioned murder! Mike, you may not agree with violence, but I hope the Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir trips up the steps of his private Leer Jet and breaks his bloody neck AND I hope he survives it!

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