donald trump reckoning on khashoggi murder emphasizes ussaudi ties
Last Updated : GMT 05:21:58
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Last Updated : GMT 05:21:58
Arab Today, arab today

Donald Trump reckoning on Khashoggi murder emphasizes US-Saudi ties

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Donald Trump reckoning on Khashoggi murder emphasizes US-Saudi ties

President Donald Trump Crown with Prince Mohammad bin Salman
Washington - DPA

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will stand by the US relationship with Saudi Arabia, setting aside the murder of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi while touting the importance of relations with the kingdom amid turmoil in the Middle East.

Trump said the crime against Khashoggi "was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone," but laid out no actions beyond sanctions already announced against 17 Saudis known to have participated in the killing.

"The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region," he said in a statement.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was killed on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump justified his decision based on long-standing ties between the US and Saudi Arabia, including business deals between the two countries and kingdom's participation in the fight against terrorism.

He cited 450 billion dollars worth of business negotiated last year, saying this would create hundreds of thousands of US jobs. He also said that the kingdom had spent billions of dollars to fight terrorism and had "been very responsive" to his requests to keep oil prices low.

Speaking to reporters before leaving the White House for Florida, where he will spend the Thanksgiving holiday, Trump said he refused to cancel the business deals. If he did, he predicted oil prices "would go through the roof" and China and Russia would swoop in to grab up the business.

"They wanted those contracts. That would be a big fat beautiful gift to Russia and China," he said. "They are not going to get that gift."

In his statement, Trump noted that King Salman and the crown prince "vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr Khashoggi," who was a Washington Post contributing columnist.

But Trump simultaneously cast some doubt on what the crown prince has said.

"It could very well be" that he had knowledge of the killing. "Maybe he did and maybe he didn't," Trump said. "That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi."

The statement came ahead of the release of a CIA report that US media have said concludes that the crown prince ordered the assassination. Trump didn't mention the report, but said US intelligence agencies were continuing to assess all information about the case.

In response to Trump's statement, two high-ranking US senators demanded that the president address whether the crown prince is responsible for Khashoggi's death.

Republican Senator Bob Corker and Democrat Bob Menendez, the two top ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on the White House to reach a "determination" as to "whether Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman is responsible for Mr Khashoggi’s murder." 

The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requires the president to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for an extrajudicial killing against an individual exercising freedom of expression if the two ranking senators on the Foreign Relations Committee issue a request.

The senators said they expect a response within 120 days.

Trump used his statement to point the finger at Iran as the country at the core of numerous conflicts in the Middle East, including the war in Yemen and Iran's alleged support for the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

Saudi Arabia on the other hand is "a great ally in our very important fight against Iran," Trump said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed up Trump's arguments.

"It's a mean, nasty world out there," Pompeo said, speaking at the State Department.

Stressing the importance of the bond, Pompeo said Washington would continue to have relations with the kingdom.

"That is the commitment that the president made today," Pompeo said. "It's that straightforward. This is a long and historic commitment and one that is absolutely vital to America's security."

Pompeo met earlier with Turkey's foreign minister, who said there were too many unanswered questions in the Khashoggi case, including who ordered the murder.

Turkey is insisting on clarification and has conveyed this to the US, Mevlut Cavusoglu said, according to Turkish state news agency Anadolu. Cavusoglu also said Ankara does not view Khashoggi's death as political, but as a murder that needs to be uncovered.

Trump also said he was aware that members of Congress "would like to go in a different direction" on relations with Saudi Arabia and he would consider those ideas "only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America."

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

donald trump reckoning on khashoggi murder emphasizes ussaudi ties donald trump reckoning on khashoggi murder emphasizes ussaudi ties

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

donald trump reckoning on khashoggi murder emphasizes ussaudi ties donald trump reckoning on khashoggi murder emphasizes ussaudi ties

 



Arab Today, arab today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:23 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Arab Today, arab today For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 11:14 2017 Tuesday ,19 December

For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 09:47 2018 Monday ,10 December

Russian ex-policeman convicted over 56 murders

GMT 12:26 2017 Thursday ,02 March

Bahraini-Swiss human rights cooperation reviewed

GMT 06:29 2016 Sunday ,14 August

Teej Festival celebrated in India

GMT 10:34 2016 Saturday ,03 September

US job creation slower but points to steady growth

GMT 12:11 2017 Sunday ,01 January

Elijah Wood’s business ambitions

GMT 09:30 2017 Saturday ,14 October

Ton-up Babar helps Pakistan ease past Sri Lanka

GMT 17:24 2016 Tuesday ,20 December

Press freedom group: 57 journalists killed worldwide

GMT 08:16 2016 Thursday ,22 December

China provides humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

GMT 01:03 2016 Friday ,25 November

480,000 tons of garbage collected in Alexandria

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,12 April

New York $40mn attraction puts world in miniature

GMT 18:57 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Accessories designer reveals her new collection

GMT 13:07 2018 Tuesday ,30 October

Algeria’s Bouteflika to seek reelection in 2019

GMT 06:22 2018 Friday ,12 January

Warsaw to stage first Chopin global competition

GMT 21:09 2016 Monday ,05 September

1st phase of examining Russian plane debris ends

GMT 18:02 2016 Thursday ,06 October

Dubai Investments appoints new GM of PI

GMT 07:25 2017 Monday ,13 February

Grigor Dimitrov wins ATP title in Sofia

GMT 09:50 2016 Saturday ,03 September

Chinese glass bridge, world's longest, closes

GMT 08:33 2017 Tuesday ,14 November

Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday