Saudi dissident Ali Al Ahmed, who lives in Washington, D.C. provided CDMedia with some of his thoughts recently on the Biden administration’s release of findings regarding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Biden’s director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, released a report that pinned responsibility for the brutal October 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler. The report concluded that Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by members of the Rapid Intervention Force, which serves as Mohammed’s personal protective detail and “answers only to him,” reported Yahoo News.
“The Trump administration refused to release the report. The Biden administration has released it, but they could do so much more. They have plenty of tools to pressure the Saudi Kingdom, but we do not see any action in regards to human rights inside the country.
“If they sanctioned certain other Saudi officials, if they seized assets, if they stopped their children from going to school overseas, things would change inside Saudi Arabia immediately.
“The West can apply pressure, and other nations in the Gulf region could help. Dissidents are still being repressed.”
The Biden administration has teased the possibility of further action against the Saudi kingdom.
“There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally,” Biden said to reporters
On Friday, the Biden administration announced sanctions against dozens of Saudis identified as involved in Khashoggi’s murder, but none against the crown prince, reported the NY Post.
“The relationship with Saudi Arabia is bigger than any one individual,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a Friday news conference.