Sullivan Addresses Khashoggi's Murder During Trip to Saudi
A US delegation headed by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan raised the issue of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with senior Saudi officials.
According to a senior US official, a US delegation led by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan discussed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death in discussions with senior Saudi officials last week.
Sullivan, US envoy to the Middle East Brett McGurk, and other US officials met with Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other Saudi officials in Riyadh on September 28th.
A discussion surrounding the war in Yemen and plans to arrange a ceasefire, but a senior official in Biden's administration told reporters that the US delegation raised the case of Khashoggi to address the issue of human rights.
On the third anniversary of Khashoggi's killing, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had revealed that he had taken steps to prevent the recurrence of such as heinous crime, including coordinated efforts to prevent any government from targeting journalists, activists, and opponents outside its borders.
Jamal Khashoggi, a US-based writer and vocal opponent of Saudi Arabia's government, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, where he was murdered. In the following months, different accounts of how he died, what happened to his body, and who was to blame emerged.
The Saudi government denies any involvement of Bin Salman in the killing, but a US intelligence report in February concluded that he had a hand in the kidnapping or killing of the journalist.