Khashoggi's fiancée calls for Saudi crown prince to be punished 'without delay'

US report on Jamal Khashoggis killing: Pakistan ‘recognises Saudi Arabias efforts in journalists case

US report on Jamal Khashoggis killing: Pakistan ‘recognises Saudi Arabias efforts in journalists case

The public censure of the prince and a slew of United States sanctions on dozens of Saudi officials marks a sharp departure from the policy of former president Donald Trump, who sought to shield the kingdom's de facto ruler.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and critic of MBS who wrote for The Washington Post, was killed and dismembered at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate after going inside to receive paperwork for his wedding to Cengiz. Mr Biden's predecessor Donald Trump had taken a markedly contrasting approach, with a "maybe he did and maybe he didn't" response to the question of the Prince's alleged involvement.

The Biden administration will not sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the assassination of Washington Post columnist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, despite Friday's declassified intelligence report reaffirming the crown prince directly approved the killing.

Washington imposed sanctions on some Saudis for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but fell short of sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The finding was expected to ratchet up pressure on the Biden administration to hold the kingdom accountable for a murder that drew worldwide outrage.

During the conversations, the Saudis expressed concern over the new U.S. administration and lamented its focus on human rights violations in the kingdom.

He had gone to the consulate to pick up paperwork relating to their planned marriage, but once inside he was confronted and killed by Saudi operatives.

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Saudi Arabian courts a year ago announced they had sentenced eight Saudi nationals to prison.

Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority issued a statement on Sunday rejecting the report as "false and unacceptable".

Although Washington did not place sanctions on the prince, Biden's public disavowal of his leadership - the president made his first call to Riyadh to 85-year-old King Salman, following a White House statement that Biden would communicate exclusively with the king - set back MBS's effort to rehabilitate his image and that of his country.

But the U.S. stopped short of applying sanctions against the 35-year-old de facto leader, known by his initials MBS.

But Washington did not slap any direct sanctions on Prince Mohammed, known by his initials MBS, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken explaining that Biden wants to "recalibrate" but not "rupture" its relations with Riyadh, a longstanding Middle East partner.

Malik said Saudi Arabia, which has relied on the United States for its defense including during the first Gulf War and after 2019 attacks on its massive oil infrastructure, could look to China and Russian Federation for weapons.

The statement said: "The Khashoggi Ban allows the State Department to impose visa restrictions on individuals who, acting on behalf of a foreign government, are believed to have been directly engaged in serious, extraterritorial counter-dissident activities". "They will not be tolerated by the United States".

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