In Saudi Arabia, Biden questions the Crown Prince, raises the issue of journalist Khashoggi’s murder

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Biden raised the issue of Khashoggi’s murder in a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Joe Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia is being criticized

New Delhi. US President Joe Biden has asked the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman some tough questions during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Biden said he raised the issue of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Joe Biden is currently in Saudi Arabia to restore the old warmth of US relations with Saudi Arabia. Whereas Joe Biden had earlier promised to take a tough stand on Saudi Arabia on the issue of human rights records.

According to a BBC report, US President Joe Biden said that he has made it clear that the assassination in 2018 was ‘very important to me and the United States’. But he also said that the two countries have reached an agreement on other issues. While many have criticized Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia despite the October 2018 killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Significantly, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was accused by US intelligence agencies of sanctioning the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has always denied these allegations and Saudi Arabia has blamed some Saudi agents for it. After Friday’s meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden said in a press briefing that ‘I raised it at the top of the meeting about Khashoggi’s murder. Which made it clear what I used to think about it then and what I think about it now. I said very bluntly that a US President keeping silent on a human rights issue is inconsistent with who we are and who I am. I will always stand up for my values.

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Before the meeting, Biden was seen clasping his fists with the Crown Prince, a sign that relations between the two countries were once again heating up. But Khashoggi’s fiancé Hatice Cengiz criticized President Joe Biden. He tweeted with a photo and wrote what his fiancee must have imagined seeing this. Cengiz wrote that ‘Is this the accountability you promised for my murder?’

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