Saudi ambassador: We didn’t demand amnesty for Mubarak

Saudi ambassador to Egypt Ahmed al-Qattan said Wednesday that his country has not demanded amnesty for former President Hosni Mubarak, who is currently standing trial in Cairo, accused of killing protesters during the 25 January revolution.

Qattan told the privately-owned satellite channel Al-Hayat that Saudi Arabia is not bothered by Mubarak’s trial, adding that meetings held between Saudi and Egyptian officials have not discussed amnesty for the ousted president.

“Saudi Arabia is a stable country and fears no threats,” he emphasized.

Qattan denied rumors that his government planned to use layoffs of Egyptians working in Saudi Arabia as leverage against Mubarak's conviction.

The kingdom will continue to seek stability in Egypt, he said, as it would mean more stability for Saudi Arabia as well. He added that the notion of the Arab world without Egypt would be like a ship without a captain.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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