Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, dismissed claims that Saudi Arabia is funding Isis as “preposterous” and called terrorists “a collection of criminals, psychopaths“ and ”perverts”.
He continued by claiming that his country was at the “forefront of fighting extremism and terrorism in the region, and in the world”.
Speaking during an interview with Euronews, the minister said: “Why would we support an ideology whose objective it is to kill us? We are the target of extremists.
“[ISIS] want access to Mecca and Medina, and so we have suffered in terms of terrorist attacks, we have suffered in terms of loss of security personnel trying to defend the innocent, we are on the forefront of fighting extremism and terrorism in the region, and in the world.”
He continued: “For somebody to say the Saudis are funding extremism, or their ideology is funding extremism, is preposterous.
“We are going after the men, the money and the mindset that is behind this.”
The defensive outburst was made following a report by the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. The report stated that Gulf countries should take action against ruling monarchies who are secretly funding the extremist group.