US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken declined to answer the question whether he believes the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud is responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Blinken spoke only about the importance of maintaining good-neighborly relations with Riyadh.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken did not give an unambiguous answer to the question whether he considers the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud to be the killer and responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
During an interview, which aired on March 28, a CNN journalist twice asked the head of the State Department a corresponding question. However, Blinken declined to answer, saying only that every day one has to deal with leaders of other countries who commit “acts which, in our opinion, are reprehensible or disgusting.”
“But dealing with them is important from the point of view of actually defending our interests and spreading our values,” continued Blinken.
As for the prince, the head of the American foreign policy department suggested that he will be the leader of Saudi Arabia for a long time to come. And Washington needs “meaningful interaction” with the Saudi side, if only for the purpose of ending the armed conflict in Yemen. According to Blinken, this is “possibly the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world.”
He pointed out that it was better for the United States to carry out a “readjustment” of relations with Saudi Arabia. “Severing relations will not help us defend our interests and values,” the Secretary of State added.
He also recalled that Washington imposed sanctions against a number of direct participants in the murder of Khashoggi and took measures to prevent this from happening in the future.
Earlier, the US administration announced the introduction of visa sanctions against 76 citizens of Saudi Arabia, who were involved in the murder of a journalist. According to the US National Intelligence, the operation to kill Khashoggi was personally approved by the Saudi Crown Prince, who saw the journalist as a threat, writes TASS.