He basically said he wasn't personally responsible for it. I pointed out that, in my opinion, I was," the American leader said after talks with the leadership of Saudi Arabia, where, in particular, bin Salman was present.
The politician also refused to apologize for his threats to turn Saudi Arabia into a rogue state in connection with the murder of Khashoggi. He stressed that he does not regret his previous words.
I don't regret anything I said. What happened to Hashukji was outrageous
Khashoggi disappeared on October 2, 2018 after a visit to the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul. He went there to get documents that would help him get a divorce and remarry with a Turkish woman.
Turkish media, citing sources in law enforcement and investigative agencies, reported that the authorities have confirmation that Khashoggi was brutally tortured in the consulate building and then killed. The Turkish government publication Yeni Safak, citing audio recordings confirming the massacre at the consulate, reported that in the process of torture, the journalist's fingers and head were cut off.
In September 2020, a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced eight people to prison for the murder of Khashoggi. The judges changed their minds about executing the murderers. Five people received 20 years in prison, one convict will spend ten years in prison, two more — seven years.
The American authorities believe that the order for the murder was personally given by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In February 2021, the US National Intelligence Service submitted a report in which it accused the prince of approving the operation to kidnap or kill Khashoggi. After that, the US administration imposed visa sanctions on 76 citizens of Saudi Arabia, who, according to the State Department, "threatened dissidents abroad, appeared in the Khashoggi murder case, and not only in it."
Biden's meeting with the Prince of Saudi Arabia
Joe Biden is making his first tour as US president to the Middle East from July 13 to 16. On Friday, July 15, he arrived in Saudi Arabia on his first official visit. The head of the White House was met by the country's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.
The pictures distributed by the White House press service show the American leader getting out of the car, Salman is heading in his direction. At a meeting, the head of the United States, instead of shaking hands, strikes with the Crown Prince with his fists. Physical contacts of politicians were minimized due to the spread of coronavirus infection.
During the talks, the parties discussed the need for sufficient supply of oil on world markets. According to Biden, Washington expects that steps in this direction will be taken in the coming weeks.
We discussed in a positive way ensuring energy security in the world and an adequate supply of oil to support economic growth in the world. It will be started soon. And I am doing everything I can to increase the supply for the USA. I expect this to happen
The American leader added that Riyadh is aware of the urgency of this issue and in the light of the discussion, the US president expects to see further steps in the coming weeks.
Biden's visit to Riyadh was announced in mid-June. CNN reported that the United States thus wanted to reset relations with Saudi Arabia due to the rise in oil and gas prices after the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions.
Biden himself said that his visit to Riyadh is necessary for the interaction of countries in countering Russian aggression, as well as for winning the competition with China. Biden stressed that Saudi Arabia is one of the countries that can influence the outcome of such a confrontation.