US and Saudi Arabia bury Jamal Khashoggi case in Jeddah

The United States and Saudi Arabia close the file of the assassination of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, ex-Washington Post. President Joe Biden spoke briefly to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who replied that the case was a “tragedy” for his country.

US President Joe Biden said on Friday following his trip to Saudi Arabia where he met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he held him responsible for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

He told her this shortly after exchanging a “punch” with the Saudi leader, as if they were old friends. The two leaders showed their good understanding in Jeddah while a few months earlier the American president had qualified Saudi Arabia as a pariah state.

The crown prince has denied any involvement in the killing and said those responsible have been tried for the 2018 murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Dismembered, his body was never found.

US intelligence says the crown prince approved an operation to capture or kill the journalist, by Saudi agents inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. Biden said what happened to Khashoggi was outrageous.

“He basically said he wasn’t personally responsible for it,” Biden told reporters when reporting on his interview with the crown prince. “I indicated that I thought he was,” he added.

For his part, the head of Saudi diplomacy, Adel Al-Jubeir, who was interviewed by a CNN journalist on this subject, indicated that Biden “took the assurances of Saudi Arabia, and the crown prince clearly indicated that this is a tragedy for Saudi Arabia, and that those responsible have been investigated, brought to justice and are now paying the price for the crime they committed. »

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