The US administration led by Joe Biden is preparing to deal a new blow to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, regarding the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
A decision that terrifies the crown prince
Intervals newspaper The Washington Post, The Biden administration decided to publish the US intelligence report on the role of Mohammed bin Salman in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
According to the Washington Post, the report concluded that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi inside his country’s embassy in Turkey in 2018.
Saudi Arabia remains silent
The newspaper indicated that a senior official in the Saudi Foreign Ministry refused to comment on the timing or contents of the American report.
She also confirmed that the issuance of the report on Khashoggi’s killing will lead to tension in US-Saudi relations and lead to lower levels.
The Washington Post explained that from the start it was clear to the agency Intelligence Bin Salman was involved in Khashoggi’s killing and that he was the one who ordered his assassination.
She added, “However, former US President Donald Trump insisted on ignoring the information and facts in the report. He proceeded to protect bin Salman, describing the killing of Khashoggi as a rogue operation.
“Trump boasted in an interview with Bob Woodward that he“ saved his ass ”from congressional attempts. To hold the Crown Prince responsible.
“In early 2019, Congress passed a law giving the Trump administration 30 days to file an unclassified report,” the newspaper added. From the office of the Director of National Intelligence to determine the names and role of every current or former Saudi official in Saudi Arabia related to Khashoggi’s killing.
She added, “But Trump ignored the Congress’s request, stressing that he would not provide any additional information at the unrated level. Then I sent a copy of the secret agency report to Congress.
It also quoted Prime Time Zone familiar with the matter, that the report will be published next week, and it is an unclassified summary of intelligence findings on the Khashoggi case.
And she emphasized that the publication of this report may make the atmosphere more charged between the Biden administration and Riyadh.
American expert David Ottaway said that after the report is released, Biden will have to determine his relationship with the Saudi leadership. And the steps it will take in response.
He explained that “there are a lot of things that weigh on the relationship.”
The date of the conversation between Biden and Saudi Arabia
In the context, the American “CNN” network said that the White House spokeswoman’s statements regarding the date of the conversation. Exactly between President Joe Biden and the Saudi monarch was a “heavy blow” to the Saudi crown prince.
According to the network, whether this is a return to adherence to a strict protocol, or an intentional step, to the arrangement and position of Mohammed bin Salman. This move reflects Biden’s public rejection of the “governor”.
The network pointed out that Biden promised during his election campaign to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah”.
She noted the recent statements of the Head of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, that she will publish a report on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “The brutality at the hands of Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.”
The end of the intimacy
The network says: “Diplomatically, Psaki refers to the end of the intimate relationship that Mohammed bin Salman enjoyed during the era of former President Donald Trump. The Saudi prince has often bypassed the State Department through phone calls with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and special adviser on Middle East affairs. According to the network.
The network indicated that the public bypassing of Mohammed bin Salman by the new US officials is an embarrassing matter that the Saudi Crown Prince cannot hide.
The network added, “But this does not mean that he will not participate in Biden’s calls with the king, especially since the prince is the de facto ruler of the country and has strong influence.”
The potential power of the monarchy
The network pointed out that Mohammed bin Salman is the inherent force in the monarchy and the vision that shapes the country’s future.
She added: “Assuming that Mohammed bin Salman will not know what Biden will say to the king or not to participate will be tantamount to diminishing his influence.”
On the other hand, several Saudi sources recently indicated that the long-term US-Saudi relations are all still good. After expectations indicated by Saudi observers that perhaps there will be some difficulties in relations once Biden arrives at the White House, but they expect to recover after that.
King Salman peer Joe Biden
Earlier, a White House spokeswoman confirmed that the new US President, Joe Biden, would not speak at all with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“The counterpart of President Biden in Saudi Arabia is,” White House spokeswoman Gene Saki said in a press briefing. King Salman bin Abdulaziz. ”
This is a confirmation from the White House that Biden will never speak with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
This is one of the strongest blows directed by the new US president to the Saudi crown prince.
Reset relations with Saudi Arabia
Saki said that President Joe Biden’s administration will work to reset relations With Saudi Arabia. Indicating that the president will soon communicate with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
However, she added, “However, that will not be before his contact with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, which will be opened. It has its contacts as the “first ally” in the region.
“Israel is an ally, of course,” Saki said. Israel is a country with which we have an important strategic security relationship, and our team is fully involved. Not at the level of presidents yet, but it will happen very soon. ”
Saki said Saudi Arabia has urgent needs to defend itself, and the United States will work with the Saudis on this. “Even as we clarify our points of difference and our concerns. This is definitely different from the previous administration. ”
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