US President Joe Biden confirmed that an announcement would be made on Monday regarding Saudi Arabia, following the CIA report on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In response to a question about imposing sanctions on the Saudi crown prince, Biden said: “There will be an announcement on Monday about what we will do with Saudi Arabia in general.”
US President Joe Biden did not provide further details.
On Friday evening, US President Joe Biden issued a declassified copy of the CIA report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in Turkey.
The Director of National Intelligence’s office said in the report published on the administration’s website: “We see that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved in 2018 an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to arrest or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
He added, “We base our conclusions on the crown prince’s control of the decision-making process in the Kingdom and the direct involvement of a key advisor and members of the Mohammed bin Salman protection team in the process, and support for the crown prince to use violent measures to silence opponents abroad, including Khashoggi.”
The declassified document listed 21 individuals whom the CIA had high confidence in or responsible for Khashoggi’s killing on behalf of the crown prince.
US President Joe Biden decided to declassify the report, which former President Donald Trump refused to publish in defiance of a law passed in 2019, reflecting the new American willingness to challenge the Kingdom on human rights issues to the war in Yemen.