Biden said, in response to a question about whether there will be sanctions against the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman: “We will announce on Monday what we will do about Saudi Arabia in general.”
Biden’s comments came the day after the release of a US intelligence report that concluded that the Saudi crown prince “authorized” the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The US President was quoted in an interview on Friday as saying: “I spoke with the king yesterday … I explained to him that the rules are changing and that we will announce important changes today and Monday.”
The American intelligence report indicated that Mohammed bin Salman had “absolute control” over the intelligence and security services in the Kingdom since 2017, “which makes it very unlikely that Saudi officials would have carried out such an operation without the green light issued by the prince.”
And the Office of Foreign Assets Control, affiliated with the US Treasury, included the former deputy head of Saudi General Intelligence, Ahmed Al-Asiri, and members of the Rapid Intervention Force on the sanctions list, over Khashoggi’s killing.
For its part, the State Department announced a ban on granting visas to 76 Saudis as part of the US response to Khashoggi’s killing.