The administration of Joe Biden still intends to hold the Saudi authorities accountable in connection with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Still, Washington traditionally does not impose sanctions against the heads of other states. This was stated on Sunday on CNN by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
When asked whether Washington intends to take action against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, whom US national intelligence believed was involved in the abduction or murder of Khashoggi, Psaki said: “From the first day of the administration, we have made it clear at all levels, starting with the level of the president, that we intend to reconfigure these relations.” As Psaki stated, the Biden administration “made it clear” that it intends to hold accountable,” the Saudi authorities in connection with the incident.
“Historically, even in recent history, Democratic and Republican administrations have not imposed sanctions on the leaders of other states if we maintain diplomatic relations with them and even if we do not maintain diplomatic relations with them,” the White House spokeswoman added. – We believe that there are more effective methods to ensure that this does not happen again and preserve the opportunity to interact with the Saudis in the areas that are needed…> correspond to the national interests of the United States. This is diplomacy.”
On Friday, the Director of National Intelligence of the United States published a report on the murder of Khashoggi. According to the American side, the Saudi prince approved the operation because he saw the journalist as a threat. The US administration has announced visa sanctions against 76 citizens of the kingdom who are believed to have threatened dissidents abroad and were involved in the Khashoggi murder case. Biden said that the US authorities on Monday would announce their Saudi Arabia plans in connection with the report.