The “Khashoggi ban” allows the US State Department to “impose restrictions on visas for individuals who, on behalf of a foreign government, are believed to have directly participated in serious anti-opposition activities that transcend regional borders, including those that suppress, harass, monitor, or threaten … or Harmful to journalists, activists, or other persons perceived to be opposed to their carrying out their work, or who engage in such activities in relation to their families or close associates. Family members of these individuals may also be subject to visa restrictions under this policy, when needed. ”
Blinken made it clear that these Saudi individuals would not be permitted to visit the United States. The names of the list were not disclosed, which is the usual policy of the State Department.
“As a matter of safety for everyone within our borders, perpetrators targeting presumed dissidents on behalf of any foreign government should not be allowed to access American soil,” Blinken said.
Blinken added that the 76 Saudis subject to visa restrictions “are believed to have participated in threatening dissidents abroad, including but not limited to the killing of Khashoggi.”
He said that these visa restrictions, in conjunction with the report, would strengthen the condemnation of Khashoggi’s killers.
He continued: “In addition to sending this report, and as part of the President’s pledge, the United States government announces additional measures to strengthen the world’s condemnation of this crime, and to resist governments that exceed their borders to threaten and attack journalists and consider them opponents of their exercise of their basic freedoms.”
He said the measures taken were appropriate in the context of the Biden administration’s larger thinking about Saudi Arabia.
Blinken emphasized that, “While the United States is still invested in its relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President Biden made clear that the partnership must reflect the values of the United States. To this end, we have made it very clear that the extraterritorial threats and attacks by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against activists must end. Opponents and journalists. ” “The United States will not tolerate them,” Blinken said.
Blinken stressed that the State Department will provide “a report on any extraterritorial activities by any government in our annual country reports on human rights practices. The United States will continue to highlight any government that targets individuals, whether domestically or outside its territory, solely for the purpose of exercising human rights and freedoms.” the basic”.