The US has taken major action after reports of Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi came to light. The US has imposed a visa ban on 76 people from Saudi Arabia. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced a new visa ban policy, ‘Khashogi Bain’, after reports from the US intelligence report that Saudi Mohammed bin Salman had approved the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. Under this, 76 Saudi people have been banned, who are believed to have been threatening those who speak against them abroad.
US officials believe that Wali Ahad of Saudi Arabia approved a campaign to ‘capture or kill’ journalist Jamal Khashogi at the Saudi High Commission in Istanbul. This information was revealed by a US intelligence report made public on Friday. It is believed that after this report comes out, the pressure on the Biden administration to hold the royal family responsible for the murder may increase. After Khashogi’s death on October 2, 2018, there was a lot of anger at both the political parties in the US as well as internationally.
Khashoggi was considered a staunch critic of Wali Ahad Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. However, this conclusion has not yet been officially made public.
The report comes at a time when US President Joe Biden had a courtesy conversation with Saudi King Naresh Salman a day earlier. However, in the statement issued by the White House regarding the talks, there was no mention of the journalist’s murder during this time. It said that the two discussed a long-term partnership between the two countries.