“Ambassador Jordan has been one of the most distinguished U.S. Ambassadors to serve in the Kingdom. He served at a critical time in our bilateral relations, and contributed greatly to the relationship which binds our two nations. We are grateful for the positive contributions he has made.
“Ambassador Jordan made many friends in the Kingdom and gained the respect of everyone who had the opportunity to work with him. I am proud to call him my friend, and I will continue to seek his wise counsel.
“We are sorry that he will leave his post, but we understand his personal reasons for doing so. He will be missed in the Kingdom.
“Reports that the Saudi government asked for his removal are baseless and false.”