Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Mohammad has been named responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination in the latest report issued by US intelligence.
However, the Saudi Arabia government has completely rejected the US assessment report on the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry in a statement said that the US report was “negative, false and unacceptable”.
“The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia completely rejects the negative, false and unacceptable assessment in the report about the Kingdom’s leadership, and notes that the report contained inaccurate information and conclusions,” the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement.
#STATEMENT | The Government of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Completely Rejects the Assessment in the Report Submitted to US’ Congress Regarding Murder of Saudi Citizen Jamal Khashoggi pic.twitter.com/VQwYpBjvvX— Foreign Ministry 🇸🇦 (@KSAmofaEN) February 26, 2021
On Friday, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a tweet stated, “The murder of journalist and U.S. lawful permanent resident Jamal Khashoggi shocked the world. Starting today, we will have a new global policy bearing his name to impose visa restrictions on those who engage in extraterritorial attacks on journalists or activists.”
The murder of journalist and U.S. lawful permanent resident Jamal Khashoggi shocked the world. Starting today, we will have a new global policy bearing his name to impose visa restrictions on those who engage in extraterritorial attacks on journalists or activists.— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) February 26, 2021
This implies that the State Department will impose a Khashoggi Ban, a set of restrictions on 76 Saudi individuals who are believed to be involved in the killing.
However, the US restrictions will not impose on the crown prince.
A two-year-old report has been released by President Joe Biden’s administration.
In the report, the US authorities concluded that the MBS allegedly approved an operation in Istanbul to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The censored pages of reports are being circulated on social media:
Khashoggi, 59-year old Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist, was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, and killed by a team of operatives that is linked to the crown prince.
The remains of Khashoggi were never been found.