The Biden administration will make an announcement Monday concerning Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Joe Biden mentioned Saturday.
“There might be an announcement on Monday as to what we’re going to be doing with Saudi Arabia typically,” the president mentioned when a reporter requested about punishing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler.
Biden took simply the one query as he and his spouse, first girl Jill Biden, left for Delaware for the weekend. He gave no particulars.
The administration has come beneath criticism for not being harder on the crown prince, regardless of assessing in a declassified intelligence report launched Friday that he authorised the killing of Saudi dissident and Washington Submit journalist Jamal Khashoggi within the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey.
The intelligence report discovered that Khashoggi was lured to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, and killed by operatives linked to the crown prince. His physique was dismembered, and his stays have by no means been discovered. Riyadh finally mentioned Khashoggi was mistakenly killed in what it known as a rogue operation however denied the crown prince’s involvement.
“Whereas the USA stays invested in its relationship with Saudi Arabia, President Biden has made clear that partnership should replicate U.S. values,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned in an announcement.
“To that finish, we now have made completely clear that extraterritorial threats and assaults by Saudi Arabia towards activists, dissidents and journalists should finish. They won’t be tolerated by the USA,” Blinken added.
The report mentioned the intelligence neighborhood based mostly its conclusions on the truth that the prince is understood to exert tight management over decision-making within the kingdom, and on his assist for utilizing violence to silence dissidents overseas.
Saudi Arabia’s Overseas Ministry mentioned it rejected fully “the detrimental, false and unacceptable” evaluation by the U.S. intelligence report and mentioned it contained “inaccurate data and conclusions.”
Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen, was a authorized U.S. resident and had written op-ed columns for the Submit that had been important of the crown prince. He had 4 grownup kids, at the very least two of whom are Americans, in accordance with the Submit.
The report prompted the Biden administration to announce visa restrictions towards 76 Saudi residents. Blinken mentioned they had been “believed to have been engaged in threatening dissidents abroad, together with however not restricted to the Khashoggi killing.”
The U.S. Treasury Division additionally introduced sanctions on Ahmad Hassan Mohammed al Asiri, Saudi Arabia’s former deputy head of the Normal Intelligence Presidency, and Saudi Arabia’s Speedy Intervention Power in reference to Khashoggi’s killing.
“These individuals are designated pursuant to Govt Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the World Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and targets perpetrators of great human rights abuse and corruption all over the world,” the Treasury assertion mentioned.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen mentioned, “The USA stands united with journalists and political dissidents in opposing threats of violence and intimidation. We’ll proceed to defend the liberty of expression, which is the bedrock of a free society.”
The Biden administration stopped wanting sanctioning Crown Prince Mohammed himself.
VOA Nationwide Safety Correspondent Jeff Seldin and VOA UN Correspondent Margaret Besheer contributed to this report.