Top U.S. envoy brought up Khashoggi in talks with Saudis -US official By Reuters
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO. Jake Sullivan (U.S. national security advisor) participates in a news conference about Afghanistan held at the White House in Washington on August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters] – The death of Jamal Khashoggi was brought up by a U.S. delegation, led last week by Jake Sullivan, White House national security advisor. A senior U.S. official stated Monday.
Sullivan and Brett McGurk, the U.S. Middle East envoy, met with other officials in Riyadh to meet on September 28th with Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and other high-ranking Saudi officials.
It was important to have discussions about the Yemeni conflict as well as ways to reach a truce.
Eyal Hilata was a top Biden administration official and briefed journalists about Israel’s visit to Washington. He said that Khashoggi had been brought up by the U.S. delegation, as well as human rights generally.
Khashoggi, a Saudi-born U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington Post critical of bin Salman, was killed and dismembered by a team of operatives linked to the prince in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
While the Saudi government denies any involvement of the crown prince in this operation, an intelligence report by U.S. concluded that bin Salman was aware and approved.
U.S. President Joe Biden is working to restore relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia following his friendly relationships with bin Salman (and other Saudi officials) in Trump’s past.
Antony Blinken, Secretary of the State, stated in a statement that Saturday marked the third anniversary of Khashoggi’s murder. He said “We have taken steps for prevent such a crime from happening again.” This included a coordinated effort launched to stop and respond to government targets beyond its borders, including journalists, activists, and dissidents.
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