The Palace of Government in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to receive catastrophic news from the US on the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The case is being dealt with during the first hours of the ruling of the new US president, Joe Biden.
On Friday, Adam Schiff, head of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, demanded the Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, to unveil an unpublished report on the assassination of Khashoggi, stressing that “there must be accountability and justice.”
“The brutal killing of Jamal Khashoggi is an assault on human rights”, Schiff wrote on his Twitter account, noting that for a whole year the administration of former President Donald Trump refused to publish the report on Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the crime.
Schiff reminded the Director of National Intelligence, about her pledge to publish a detailed file on the murder of Khashoggi, in the event of the Senate approving her appointment, which took place as the Democratic President Joe Biden took over the reins of the White House to succeed the right-wing Donald Trump this week.
During his election campaign, Biden, unlike his predecessor, promised to reassess relations with Riyadh and hold it accountable for the Khashoggi murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
Observers believe that Saudi Arabia is concerned that the Biden administration might withdraw the sanctions imposed on Iran and return to the nuclear agreement that Trump withdrew from it, and limits arms sales to Riyadh, and holds the Saudi authorities accountable for the human rights violations.
Currently, there are demands from Khashoggi’s family, represented in his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz to “the announcement of documents” and disclose all records of the CIA on the murder of her fiancé Khashoggi. She pointed out that the disclosure of these special reports is “a step that will help to reveal the truth”. Cengiz urged Biden to fulfil his promise to make Saudi Arabia “pay the price” for Khashoggi’s murder, as he promised during his election campaign before winning the US presidency.
Although the Trump administration-imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis over the Khashoggi killing, many Congressmen accused the former US president of seeking to protect Saudi Arabia from accountability. Nevertheless, the Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan made a statement, last Thursday, that his country is optimistic about having an excellent relationship with the US under Biden’s administration, adding: “Our relationship with the US is between institutions, and our common interests have not changed.
Farhan’s statements contradict the US media reports which predicted a “tense relationship” between Saudi Arabia and the Biden administration, after 4 years in which Trump gave Riyadh all support. Reports indicated that a few days ago, Brooke Pinto, a member of the American Council for Capital, submitted a proposal to change the name of the street where the Saudi Embassy is in Washington to “Jamal Khashoggi Street.”
Pinto noted that “changing the name of the Saudi Embassy Street in Washington, DC, will make everyone passing by the street remember Khashoggi’s courage, as he was a fierce defender of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law”.
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