Biden clarifies his position on “punishing” Mohammed bin Salman and what he expects from Saudi Arabia


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – US President Joe Biden confirmed that he had made clear to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz that “things will change,” explaining why his administration imposes sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the publication of the US intelligence report on the killing of the media. Jamal Khashoggi.

In part of Biden’s interview with ABC News, the channel’s chief broadcaster, George Stephanopoulos, asked him why Mohammed bin Salman had not been punished personally after the CIA concluded that the crown prince “agreed to an operation to“ capture or kill Khashoggi. ”The broadcaster referred to Biden’s promise. When he was a candidate for the presidency, he gave a strong response to the Saudi leaders.

Biden responded by saying, “I am the man who issued the report,” referring to the CIA report that was not announced by the administration of former President Donald Trump but by the Biden administration. The US President added that he had made clear to the King of Saudi Arabia that things would change.

Biden continued by saying, “We have held accountable all the people in that organization, but not the crown prince, because we have never, to my knowledge, when we have an alliance with a state, have pursued the actual ruler of the state and punished that person and rejected him.”

Biden indicated that there is “a list of things that we expect the Saudis to do, and one of them is that you must end the war in Yemen and the famine there,” according to ABC News.


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