Biden speaks with Saudi king ahead of Khashoggi report

Biden speaks with Saudi king ahead of Khashoggi report
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  • calendar-gray 26 February 2021

US President Joe Biden spoke Thursday with Saudi King Salman ahead of the public release of a long-anticipated report expected to implicate the monarch's son in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, APA reports citing Anadolu.  

The readout of the call did not explicitly list the report’s forthcoming release as one of the issues the leaders discussed but referred broadly to "the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of law."

The White House said Biden and Salman discussed "regional security, including the renewed diplomatic efforts led by the United Nations and the United States to end the war in Yemen, and the U.S. commitment to help Saudi Arabia defend its territory as it faces attacks from Iranian-aligned groups."

"The President told King Salman he would work to make the bilateral relationship as strong and transparent as possible. The two leaders affirmed the historic nature of the relationship and agreed to work together on mutual issues of concern and interest," the White House added.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence's long-sought unclassified report will reportedly conclude that Salman's son, Mohammed bin Salman, approved and almost certainly ordered Khashoggi's murder.

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