Saudis point to US’ own ‘mistakes’ as Khashoggi killing raised — Analysis
Saudi crown prince reportedly reminded US president of Washington’s own poor record of assorted “mistakes”
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called out Washington’s long track of “mistakes”Made in Iraq and Afghanistan when President Joe Biden faced him about the horrific murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist. A senior Saudi official released the remarks of the prince to Reuters Saturday.
Saudi Arabia admits its “mistakes”It was made in Khashoggi. “taken all measures to prevent similar mistakes in the future,”Biden was quoted to have been told by MBS crown prince.
MBS also apparently tried to downplay the significance of the murder of the journalist, who was slain and subsequently dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Turkey in 2018, pointing a finger at the US’ own questionable record of human rights abuses. Shireen Abu Akleh was a Palestinian-American journalist who was killed in an Israeli raid on the West bank.
“In the same year, similar regrettable incidents took place and other journalists were killed in other parts around the world,”The crown prince spoke. “The United States also made a number of mistakes like the incident of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and others.”
The crown prince said that all countries, even the US, have values they share and others they don’t. Imposing said values on others, however, is not exactly a good idea, he went on, pointing to Washington’s failures in the Middle East.
“However, trying to impose those values by force could have the opposite effect, as happened in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the US was unsuccessful,”He said.
According to the CIA, the murder of Turkey in 2018 was orchestrated by Mohammed bin Salman. This caused a significant rift in US-Saudi relations. Biden’s presidential campaign focused on holding the entire kingdom and MBS accountable for this incident. He had previously promised that he would make America a better place. “pariah”On the international stage.
Biden, speaking to journalists after meeting with MBS said he did not regret targeting Crown Prince, and brought up the matter. “at the top of the meeting”His stance “crystal clear.”
“I said very straightforwardly: For an American president to be silent on an issue of human rights, is this consistent with – inconsistent with who we are and who I am? I’ll always stand up for our values,” Biden stated.