WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – A U.S. delegation led by White House nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan introduced up the dying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in talks with main Saudi Arabian officers final week, a senior U.S. official stated on Monday.
Sullivan, Middle East envoy Brett McGurk and different U.S. officers met in Riyadh on Sept. 28 with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and different prime Saudi officers.
The essential level of the talks was to debate the battle in Yemen and methods to rearrange a ceasefire.
But a senior Biden administration official who briefed reporters concerning the go to to Washington this week of Israel’s nationwide safety adviser, Eyal Hulata, stated the U.S. delegation additionally introduced up the case of Khashoggi particularly and human rights generally.
Khashoggi, a Saudi-born U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington Post important of bin Salman, was killed and dismembered by a crew of operatives linked to the prince within the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
The Saudi authorities has denied any involvement by the crown prince, however a U.S. intelligence report concluded in February that bin Salman had permitted of an operation to seize or kill Khashoggi.
U.S. President Joe Biden has labored to recalibrate U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia after the pleasant ties his predecessor, Donald Trump, had with bin Salman and different Saudi officers.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated in a press release on Saturday, the third anniversary of Khashoggi’s dying, “We have taken steps to prevent such a reprehensible crime from happening again,” together with launching a coordinated effort to stop and reply to any authorities concentrating on journalists, activists and dissidents past its borders.