No country is more committed to fighting terrorism than Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom's foreign minister has said.
Asked if Isis is losing the war against Saudi-backed rebels in Syria, Adel al-Jubeir told Channel 4 News: "Isis will lose this war. There's no doubt about it.
"The international coalition has the resources, it has the men, it has the money, it has the technology, it has the will.
"At the end of the day, this is a contest that Isis will not, cannot, win. Period. It is a matter of time."
10 examples of Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses
10 examples of Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses
In October 2014, three lawyers, Dr Abdulrahman al-Subaihi, Bander al-Nogaithan and Abdulrahman al-Rumaih , were sentenced to up to eight years in prison for using Twitter to criticize the Ministry of Justice.
In March 2015, Yemen’s Sunni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was forced into exile after a Shia-led insurgency. A Saudi Arabia-led coalition has responded with air strikes in order to reinstate Mr Hadi. It has since been accused of committing war crimes in the country.
Women who supported the Women2Drive campaign, launched in 2011 to challenge the ban on women driving vehicles, faced harassment and intimidation by the authorities. The government warned that women drivers would face arrest.
Members of the Kingdom’s Shia minority, most of whom live in the oil-rich Eastern Province, continue to face discrimination that limits their access to government services and employment. Activists have received death sentences or long prison terms for their alleged participation in protests in 2011 and 2012.
All public gatherings are prohibited under an order issued by the Interior Ministry in 2011. Those defy the ban face arrest, prosecution and imprisonment on charges such as “inciting people against the authorities”.
In March 2014, the Interior Ministry stated that authorities had deported over 370,000 foreign migrants and that 18,000 others were in detention. Thousands of workers were returned to Somalia and other states where they were at risk of human rights abuses, with large numbers also returned to Yemen, in order to open more jobs to Saudi Arabians. Many migrants reported that prior to their deportation they had been packed into overcrowded makeshift detention facilities where they received little food and water and were abused by guards.
The Saudi Arabian authorities continue to deny access to independent human rights organisations like Amnesty International, and they have been known to take punitive action, including through the courts, against activists and family members of victims who contact Amnesty.
Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison for using his liberal blog to criticise Saudi Arabia’s clerics. He has already received 50 lashes, which have reportedly left him in poor health.
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Dawood al-Marhoon was arrested aged 17 for participating in an anti-government protest. After refusing to spy on his fellow protestors, he was tortured and forced to sign a blank document that would later contain his ‘confession’. At Dawood’s trial, the prosecution requested death by crucifixion while refusing him a lawyer.
Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was arrested in 2012 aged either 16 or 17 for participating in protests during the Arab spring. His sentence includes beheading and crucifixion. The international community has spoken out against the punishment and has called on Saudi Arabia to stop. He is the nephew of a prominent government dissident.
Presenter Matt Frei then presses Mr Jubeir on whether Isis' brand of Sunni extremism could morph into another form after the group is defeated, prompting the foreign minister to reply: "We are doing everything we can to fight extremism.
"I don't believe there is any country in the world that is more committed or more determined or has expended more resources and more effort to do this than the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."
He added: "We cannot allow people to hijack our faith. We cannot allow people to take a peaceful religion — all religions are peaceful — and turn it into a way to justify violence.
"At the end of the day, Saudi Arabia is at the cross hairs of these extremist organisations because Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and the Two Holy Mosques."
Mr Jubeir also said Britain should not be expected to apologise if it supplied the arms that killed more than 140 mourners at a funeral in Yemen.
"Because we're the client and we're the customer," he said. "We purchased the equipment from Britain and the equipment was used in a legitimate war in accord with international law.
"A terrible mistake happened and the mistake is being investigated and we will make amends."
The foreign minister declined to say whether British weapons had been used.
He added: "Whatever the weapons are that are being used in Yemen, they are used in accordance with international humanitarian law in a legitimate war of self defence, in a legitimate war to defend the legitimate government of Yemen."
He said preliminary results of the ongoing investigation suggest faulty intelligence and "a disregard of protocols and procedures for taking strikes" may have been to blame.
British and American governments have vowed to apply increased diplomatic pressure on their ally following the bombing of the packed funeral hall.
The US said in the wake of the bombing that its support for Saudi Arabia on security issues was not a “blank cheque”, while the UK warned its decision to allow controversial arms exports to Riyadh was “under careful and continual review”.Reuse content