US reports assassination of Saudi Kashqji will be released soon
Biden to speak with Saudi king after taking office
[아시아경제 김수환 기자] US intelligence officials will soon release a report on the assassination of Saudi Arabia’s anti-government journalist Jamal Kashqji. At the same time, U.S. President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak with the King of Saudi Arabia one month after taking office. As President Biden predicted a reorganization of the Middle East strategy, such as adjusting relations with Saudi Arabia, it is observed that relations between the two countries could reach a turning point on the occasion of the release of the Saudi report and the normal currency.
According to major foreign media on the 24th (local time), the US authorities are expected to release a declassification report on the Kashukji assassination the next day. The report was prepared by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and it is reported that it is highly likely that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman ordered the assassination of Kashukji.
Earlier, Kashqji disappeared shortly after visiting the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey in October 2018, and U.S. intelligence officials later concluded that the Saudi government had assassinated Kashqji. The Saudi government has consistently denied allegations of assassination.
Foreign media reported that the release of the US report is part of President Biden’s adjustment of relations with Saudi Arabia and restructuring of the Middle East strategy. At the time of the former administration of Donald Trump, the U.S. government had refrained from criticizing the government’s assassination of Kashqji while pushing for strengthening cooperation with Saudi Arabia to check Iran. However, since last year’s presidential candidate, President Biden has criticized the Saudi government regarding the human rights issue surrounding the assassination of Kashqji, promising to “balance” the situation in the Middle East through readjustment of relations with Saudi Arabia.
In addition, on the 4th, it announced that it would cease military support to Saudi Arabia over the civil war in Yemen, and on the 16th, the U.S. State Department excluded the Yemeni Huti rebels, which are engaged in a war with Saudi troops, from the list of terrorist organizations.
Meanwhile, the White House said that President Biden Salman bin Abdulaziz Alsaud He said he would make a normal call with the king of Saudi Arabia soon and that the schedule was not confirmed. White House spokesman Jen Saki stressed that “President Biden’s critical view of Saudi human rights has not changed,” and “there is room for cooperation to cope with the threats facing Saudi Arabia.”
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