Release of Intelligence Report on Khashoggi Killing Could Push Already Strained U.S.-Saudi Relations to New Lows

Facing court cases and its own promises of transparency, the Biden administration is about to release a long-sought U.S. intelligence report concluding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The report, an unclassified summary of findings across the intelligence community produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), will be made public as early as next week, according to people familiar with the matter.

The US will continue to sell arms to Saudi Arabia.

But it has also made clear that it will, in contrast to its predecessor, press the Saudis toward a diplomatic end to their war in Yemen and to moderate their own extremism, and it will not allow Riyadh to interfere with its plans to rejoin the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran.

President Biden has not yet spoken directly with Saudi rulers, when he does it will likely be with King Salman, not MBS.

Washington Post

Same article at MSN

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden spoke on the phone today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one month after taking office.


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