US ignores Khashoggi killing to ‘reset’ ties with Saudi Arabia – Middle East Monitor
In a sea change, Washington has decided to ignore the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to restore relations with Saudi Arabia, CNN unveiled on Friday.
Reporting to senior US officials, Washington told Saudi Arabia that the United States was ready to move forward with a “reset” of relations, effectively moving from killing Khashoggi to mending mutual ties.
The CNN The report found that resetting relations would be a sea change for President Joe Biden, who vowed upon taking office to treat Saudi Arabia as a “pariah” over Khashoggi’s murder.
Biden ignored an intelligence report released last year that directly accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of orchestrating Khashoggi’s murder.
Biden, according to CNNis under immense pressure to crack down on Russia and bring down domestic gas prices amid rising inflation at the fastest pace since 1981.
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Therefore, the officials said, he put aside his moral outrage to pursue warmer relations with the Saudi kingdom amid the dramatic global upheaval caused by the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Both sides have decided that to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East, we must go beyond that,” he added. CNN reported a senior US official saying.
Officials said Saudi Arabia considers the Khashoggi case closed and has made this clear to the United States.
That does not mean forgive and forget, the sources noted, adding that Biden plans to raise Khashoggi’s murder directly with Mohammed Bin Salman when they meet as early as next month.
Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, accused Biden of losing his moral compass. “President Biden’s decision to meet with MBS is horribly upsetting to me and to supporters of freedom and justice everywhere,” Cengiz said in a statement to CNN.