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Biden did not punish the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for the Khashoggi case

Biden did not punish the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for the Khashoggi case 1
Biden did not punish the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for the Khashoggi case 1

`Yesterday I spoke with His Majesty the King. I made it clear to him that the rules are changing and we will announce important changes in bilateral relations today and on March 1. We

US President Joe Biden spoke when visiting a Covid-19 vaccination facility in Texas on February 26.

The statement was made after US intelligence released information showing that Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, approved a plan to capture or kill dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey.

The report said that with the Crown Prince’s influence, it was `very unlikely` that the murder would have occurred had he not `given the green light`.

The US Treasury Department announced that it is freezing assets and criminalizing transactions with a former intelligence official as well as the Saudi Arabian Rapid Intervention Force, an elite unit that intelligence reports say `exists to

However, senior Biden administration officials said the US President decided not to impose direct sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed because he thought the diplomatic price was too high, especially if Saudi Arabia

In honor of the slain journalist, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the `Khashoggi Act`, banning entry of foreigners who threaten dissidents or harass reporters and their families, and

`We have made it clear that extraterritorial threats and assaults against activists, dissidents and journalists outside Saudi Arabia must end. They will not be tolerated by the United States.`

The decision to release the report, first completed under President Donald Trump, is a clear difference between Biden and his predecessor.

Biden had a phone call with 85-year-old King Salman on February 25, after the White House made it clear that the President had no intention of talking to Crown Prince Mohammed.

Journalist Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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