The brother of Saudi Crown Prince MBS is in Washington, just a few months after the damn US intelligence report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
A few months later, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman was in the United States to meet with senior officials of the Biden administration A U.S. intelligence report Linked his brother Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that Khalid bin Salman is expected to meet with Biden’s national security adviser Jack Sullivan and officials from the US State Department and the Department of Defense.
“They will discuss the long-term partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia, regional security, and the United States’ commitment to help Saudi Arabia defend its territory,” Psaki told reporters, adding that Khashoggi’s murder may also occur.
In human rights groups and U.S. lawmakers urge U.S. President Joe Biden (Joe Biden) Sanction MBS Because of his role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Khashoggi, and rethinking the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi is Killed in October 2018 At the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, he went there to retrieve the documents of the upcoming marriage.
A non-confidential US intelligence report released in February found that MBS, the de facto ruler of the Gulf States, approved the operation that led to the murder of Khashoggi by the Saudi commando in the consulate. The Saudi government previously denied that MBS played any role in the killing.
The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned these conclusions, saying that the report contained “negative, false and unacceptable assessments…related to the leadership of the kingdom” and “inaccurate information and conclusions”.
butHis discovery Relationship shakes The conflict between Riyadh and Washington has put tremendous pressure on US President Joe Biden, who pledged to put human rights at the core of US foreign policy when he was elected last year.
The President of the United States has stated that he plans to “realign” the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia-and will communicate directly with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, rather than with his son, the Crown Prince.
When Khashoggi was killed, Khalid bin Salman was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington.
When Khashoggi went missing after going to the Saudi consulate in Turkey, Khalid bin Salman insisted for several days that the accusation of Saudi official involvement in the journalist’s disappearance was baseless.
The Washington Post also reported that Khalid bin Salman told Khashoggi to go to the Turkish consulate to collect the necessary marriage documents and told him that it was safe to do so.
The Associated Press quoted an unnamed American official as saying that Khalid bin Salman had a brief meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley at the Pentagon.
The official said that the Deputy Secretary of Defense of Saudi Arabia also had a longer meeting at the Pentagon with Colin Carr, the Deputy Secretary of Defense in charge of policy.
Spokesperson Ned Price said that Ben Salman will be at the State Department on Wednesday.