Blockbuster: Biden speaks to Saudi King, Demands MBS be removed from any authority

White House says president ‘affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of law’

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Guardian UK: Joe Biden has spoken with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman for the first time as president, ahead of the publication of a US intelligence report expected to implicate the Saudi crown prince in the 2018 murder of dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

A White House account of the call did not mention the report, but did say, in another context, that Biden “affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of law” and that the two discussed working on “mutual issues of concern”.

The Saudi embassy in Washington said the two men “confirmed the strength of bilateral ties and discussed Iran’s malign activities in the region and ways to advance peace in Yemen”.

Biden has been far cooler to Riyadh than Donald Trump, cutting off US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and refusing to talk directly to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a close Trump ally, who US intelligence believes approved and possibly ordered the killing and dismemberment of Khashoggi after he was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The CIA gave that assessment in a classified briefing to Congress in 2018 and is due to deliver an unclassified version imminently.

The White House has also strongly suggested that it is preparing to take further actions against those who it deems responsible for the murder. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday that there were areas where the US would “express concerns and leave open the option of accountability”. read more..

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/25/joe-biden-speaks-to-saudi-arabias-king-salman-before-release-of-khashoggi-report


The Biden administration has said it expects Saudi Arabia to “change its approach” to the US and signalled that it wants to minimise any direct contact between the president and the country’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The stance marks an abrupt change compared with the Trump administration, which showered the young heir with attention and praise. It comes as intelligence officials are preparing to release – possibly as early as next week – a declassified report to Congress that will describe its assessment of the crown prince’s alleged culpability in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the US-based Washington Post journalist who was killed by Saudi officials in 2018.

Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said Biden was sending a clear message to the Saudi royal family that as long as “MBS” – as the crown prince is known – was in the line of succession, Saudi Arabia would be treated “as a pariah”.

 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. EX CIA head John Brennan also called for the removal of MBS, referring to him as a “cancer”…. Greater Israel includes the upper third of Saudi Arabia.

    In March 1924, after WW1 Ibn Saud and his Wahhabi fanatics financed and armed by the Brits, just like ISIS today, began their siege of Jeddah when Sharif Hussain refused to accept the Balfour Declaration. Overpowered, the city eventually surrendered, bringing an end to over 1000 years of rule by Prophet Muhammad’s descendants. Britain officially recognized Ibn Saud as the new King of Hijaz in 1926. The new unified Zionist created Wahhabi state was rebranded by the Empire in 1932 as the “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”. It has been operating hand in glove with the empire since. The upper third of Greater Israel (Eretz Israel) includes roughly 1/3’d of Saudi Territory. The Zionists plans for leveraging Saudis as the sacrificial springboard Greater Israel intended which was to destroy its-self in all out war with Iran and other Arab states via the Riyadh declaration, the flip side of the Balfour Declaration coin… or in war with America if they resist war with Iran. Read RT’s “Trump & 55 Muslim-majority states sign pact”

  2. When this is in the news it reminds me why I hate FOX news so much. I believe they handler that says, ‘how do we ensure that we spin every story to make Iran public enemy #1?”
    They had some ‘security expert’ on who was having a heart attack that even a mild rebuke of MbS would help Iran, I mean her eyes were bulging out of her head at the mere thought of it. She made it sound like the KSA was living under siege from Iranian aggression.

    If the KSA had to endure one year of sanctions that we employ against Iran, they would lose at least half their population. For all the blather about how Israel and the Saudis are one step away from oblivion, neither country would trade places with Iran.