Saudi Official: Congress 'Curtails' US Allies by Seeking to Penalize Saudis

Postado Fevereiro 11, 2019

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday denied Washington was "covering up" the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and promised further action.

Jubeir was interviewed Friday, the same day President Donald Trump ignored a congressional deadline for reporting on who assassinated Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been openly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"We can just make a determination ourselves that [Saudi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman ordered these murders and there should be some kind of penalty and repercussions for that". Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Republican Sen.

Both the Central Intelligence Agency and Turkish investigators say MBS personally ordered the assassination, yet Trump announced in November that the US would not end its alliance with the Middle Eastern kingdom.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said after meeting with lawmakers Friday that Congress should wait for the outcome of trials of 17 alleged assailants of Khashoggi, including five men who are facing the death penalty. "This was not a government-sanctioned operation". After initially offering contradictory statements, the kingdom confirmed that Saudi agents killed him inside the consulate, but denied its senior leaders were behind the killing.

"I call on the administration to immediately comply with the requirements of the law, and to provide Congress with the information required", he said. He called the slaying a "rogue operation".

But Saudi Arabia has a long history of detaining and murdering dissidents.

A year before Mr Khashoggi was murdered on Oct 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Prince Mohammed told Mr Aldakhil that he'd use that bullet if Mr Khashoggi didn't return to the kingdom and stop criticising the government from his perch in the USA, the New York Times reported on Thursday. His body has not been recovered. Asked about the report Sunday, al-Jubeir declined to comment.

"I think for anyone to think they can dictate what we should do or what our leadership should do is preposterous", he said.