December 6, 2019 / 9:20 PM / 2 months ago

Saudi king orders security services to cooperate with U.S. in probe of Florida shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Salman told U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday he has directed his security services to cooperate with U.S. authorities investigating the deadly shooting at a Florida military base and assured him the “perpetrator of this heinous crime” does not represent the Saudi people.

King Salman expressed “his sorrow and grief” over the shooting, the Saudi embassy in Washington said in a statement after a phone call between the two leaders.

“His Majesty affirmed that the perpetrator of this heinous crime does not represent the Saudi people, who count the American people as friends and allies,” the statement said. The king “directed Saudi security services to cooperate with the relevant American agencies to uncover information that will help determine the cause of this horrific attack.”

Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Chris Reese

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