Saudi Crown Prince hurdle in improving US-Saudi ties: Graham

Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Ankara, Jan 19:Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said that the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia cannot move forward until Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is “dealt with”.

Speaking in Ankara a day after meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Graham also said Congress will reintroduce sanctions against those involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“The relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia cannot move forward until Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is dealt with,” Graham told mediapersons.

The Republican lawmaker favoured action against Bin Salman, who faced international rebuke over his role in the murder Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom consulate in Turkey in October.

He also said he will push for more US sanctions against those involved in the killing of dissident Saudi journalist, Turkish Yeni Safak newspaper reported.
Eleven individuals had been charged by Saudi prosecutors in the journalist’s killing — with five suspects facing the death penalty.

The US imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials in November for their role in the Khashoggi killing, and later, the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution holding the Crown Prince responsible for the murder.
Graham said that by ordering the brutal murder, Bin Salman violated “every norm of international behaviour”.

Trump has refused to halt weapon sales to Riyadh, describing Saudi arms purchases as vital to the US economy.

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