US PRESIDENT’S amoral and purely commercial foreign policy on Saudi Arabia; TRUMP doubles down on his support for the Saudi crown prince without citing further evidence.
In a televised address to the council on Monday, the king lauded his country’s judiciary and public prosecution for “carrying out their duty in the service of justice”, without directly invoking the killing of Khashoggi.
Last week, Saudi prosecutors had announced they would push for the death penalty for five suspects in connection with the murder of Khashoggi, who was killed in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
In the highly anticipated speech, the king reiterated his support for the United Nations’ efforts to end the war in Yemen and said that the Palestinian issue was a “top priority for the kingdom”. He also said that Riyadh supported a political solution in Syria, ensuring the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland.
|AIWA! NO!|Turkish president urges Saudi prosecutor to find out who ordered Khashoggi’s killing, and not spare ‘certain people’.
Saudi Arabia has admitted Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Khashoggi – a Saudi writer, US resident, and Washington Post columnist – entered the building on October 2 to obtain documentation certifying he had divorced his ex-wife so he could remarry.
|AL JAZEERA|AIWA! NO!|The US is ratcheting up pressure on Saudi Arabia to restore relations with Qatar, Bloomberg has reported, as the kingdom comes under increasing international scrutiny for its role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Washington’s thrust is aimed at resolving the more than year-long political and economic isolation imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing three unnamed sources said to be familiar with the US efforts.
|Daniel Hilton|AIWA! NO!|LONDON – Saudi Arabia knows where Jamal Khashoggi’s body is and should release it immediately, his fiancee said on Monday at an event commemorating the murdered journalist.
“It is a human and Islamic demand,” Hatice Cengiz told a crowd of friends, activists, politicians and journalists that had gathered in London’s Westminster. Cengiz, dressed in black and visibly distressed, said she was “disappointed in the actions of the leadership of many countries, particularly in the US”.