US President Joe Biden has talked to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on a phone call.
The White House said that he “affirmed the importance” the US “places on universal human rights and the rule of law.”
According to the international news agency, Biden talked to Saudi King after reading a forthcoming US report on the murder of Saudi author Jamal Khashoggi. The report will be released soon and is likely to involve Crown Prince Mohammed bin, Salman.
The White House said, “The President noted positively the recent release of several Saudi-American activists and Ms. Loujain al-Hathloul from custody, and affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of law.”
US President and Saudi King discussed “the longstanding partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia”, and the threat posed to Saudi Arabia by pro-Iranian groups.
The statement from the White House said, “The President told King Salman he would work to make the bilateral relationship as strong and transparent as possible,”
“The two leaders affirmed the historic nature of the relationship and agreed to work together on mutual issues of concern and interest.”
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s son said that he has forgiven his father’s killers. He has released his statement via Twitter.
Salah Khashoggi earlier said that his family has forgiven those who murdered Jamal Khashoggi.
Note that Khashoggi was a renowned critic of the Saudi government. He was assassinated inside the kingdom’s consulate in the Turkish city, Istanbul in 2018.
Salah said, “In this blessed night of the blessed month (of Ramadan) we remember God’s saying: If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah.”
“Therefore, we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty”