Biden Calls Saudi King Salman, Doesn’t Raise Crown Prince’s Involvement in Khashoggi’s Murder

HeadlineFeb 26, 2021

President Biden spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Thursday as the U.S. prepares to release an intelligence report on the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi. A White House readout of the call says Biden reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to joint defense against “Iranian-aligned groups,” as well as the effort to end the war on Yemen and the importance of human rights, commending the recent release of prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul. The readout, however, does not mention Jamal Khashoggi or Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is widely thought to be responsible for his assassination.

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