Translated by : khoshbin sheikho – Xeber24.net
Four informed U.S. officials are expected to report on Thursday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has agreed to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, Reuters reported.
The cia’s report, the officials said, states that the crown prince approved the assassination of Khashoggi, who was critical of the prince’s policies in his Washington Post articles and is likely to have ordered it.
And president Joe Biden told reporters on Wednesday that he had seen the report and expected to make a phone call to King Salman of Saudi Arabia soon.
This is part of Biden’s policy of re-establishing relations with the kingdom after years of turning a blind eye to the human rights record and interfering in The Civil War in Iraq.
Biden is working to restore ties with Riyadh after more than four years of his predecessor Donald Trump’s rule.
White House spokeswoman Jen Saki told reporters Wednesday that Biden will only reach out to the Saudi monarch and that preparations are under way to publish the Khashoggi report soon after declassified.
While Biden’s contacts are limited to communicating with the king, others in the Biden administration are talking to Saudi officials at several levels.
“We have been in touch with Saudi officials at many levels in the first weeks of this administration,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
“Khashoggi”, a 59-year-old Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist, was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, where he was killed by a group of men linked to the Crown Prince, dismembered and concealed, and has so far been found.
And Saudi Arabia eventually acknowledged that Khashoggi had taken his breath away in the process of handing over a “rogue” that had been derailed, but denied any role for the crown prince.
After five men were sentenced to death for involvement in the murder, it was decided to commute the sentence to 20 years’ imprisonment after an amnesty from the Khashoggi family.
In 2019, Unhuman Rights Investigator” Agnes Calamar” accused Saudi Arabia of “premeditated lying and surveillance execution” and called for further investigations.
After the six-month investigation, Calamar said that “there is sufficient credible evidence regarding the crown prince’s responsibility that warrants further verification,” and members of Congress were briefed on a confidential copy of the report in late 2018.
But the Trump administration has rejected demands by lawmakers and rights groups to publish the classified version, seeking to continue cooperating with Saudi Arabia amid growing tensions with Iran and to boost U.S. arms sales to the kingdom.
And At the confirmation hearing, The Biden Administration’s new director of national security, Avril Hines, pledged to abide by a provision in a defense law passed in 2019 requiring the Office of the Director of Homeland Security to publish a secret report on Khashoggi’s assassination in 30 days.
In his 2020 presidential campaign, Biden pledged to reassess U.S.-Saudi relations, including the assassination of Khashoggi.
Since taking office, he has ended sales of assault weapons that Saudi Arabia can use in Yemen and appointed a special envoy to bolster diplomatic efforts to end the war there.