Users circulated on social media, a video clip highlighting the way Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, responded to a Turkish journalist who asked him about the role of the Saudi Arabia with the file of Syrian refugees.
“As you mentioned, Saudi Arabia has a responsibility since it is the heart of the Islamic world, so some Turks say that since Saudi Arabia is an Islamic country, why not do enough for Syrian refugees? I would like you to explain Saudi policy towards refugees,” The Turkish Journalist asked.
”I think we could have explained our position towards the Syrian refugees better. Saudi Arabia has issued more than two and a half million visas to Syrian refugees since the crisis began, we have published a statement and no one has noticed, two and a half million Syrians arrived to Saudi Arabia and I believe that there are still 600,000 to 700,000 still In Saudi Arabia, none of them lives in a refugee camp and none of them lives in a tent,” Al-Jubeir.
Al-Jubeir added, “This is because the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques issued an order for all Syrians arriving in Saudi Arabia to obtain a residence permit so that they can send their children to schools and have access to health care and social security and get jobs,”