The White House may have ended six days of silence on the disappearance of a Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with Vice President Mike Pence said he was “very annoyed” warning that “the free world deserves answers.”
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A few hours earlier on Monday, Donald Trump’s first reference to the case, but it was more temporary, he told reporters he was “concerned” about “some bad story” about Khashoggi’s fate.
“We hope that the same kind of” but he added: “Now no one knows anything about it.”
Saudi Arabia and other allies made statements on Monday. Foreign ministry confirmed the British reports said Khashoggi was kidnapped or killed by the government of Saudi Arabia was “very serious allegations”. He said the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Khashoggi “recognized and respected Saudi dance“.
Khashoggi is resident in the United States and a shareholder in the Washington Post. Not the White House nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an official statement.
So Monday afternoon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have stuck to the low-key response offers only one-line comment on Khashoggi’s disappearance he said: “We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are closely following the situation.”
Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took the initiative in issuing a strongly worded statement.
“I have raised the beauty of the disappearance of the personally with the Saudi ambassador, while we’re waiting for more information, I know that we will respond to any of the state targeting of journalists abroad,” Cork wrote on Twitter.
White House reaction at the end came in the form of a tweet bysaying he was “very disturbed to hear reports about the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“If this is true, this is a tragic day. Violence against journalists around the world is a threat to press freedom and Human Rights. The free world deserves answers,” said the deputy president.
Trump family – especially the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner – has established a close link with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In March 2017, Trump hosted the “MBS” in the White House, breaking the protocol, Saudi Arabia was not only the deputy crown prince at that time. The president made the wind the destination of my first foreign trip and backed from the members of the Saudi royal family wholeheartedly in a confrontation with the country.
Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo. last month it was reported that purification of my senior advisors, to approve the continuation of the supply of arms to Saudi Arabia for his election campaign in Yemen, despite the high number of civilian deaths from aerial bombardment.
Pompeo predecessor, Rex Tillerson, has reduced the role of the follow-up to human rights in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is important. Pompeo addressed the human rights selectively, with a focus on violations in Iran and Venezuela.
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Trump has boasted a strong relationship with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday demanded that the Saudi monarchy proves Khashoggi left its consulate in Istanbul, the sport has claimed. But the relationship has been strained over Turkish detention of American pastor Ankara’s decision to buy Russian anti-aircraft system.
The United States has no ambassador in either Riyadh or Ankara.
“I was hoping that the United States at least begin to ask very serious questions about what’s going on, and then press the Saudis to get the answers,” Ivo Daalder, the US envoy to the coast to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, CNN.
“Usually we were also the ambassador of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We don’t. Get on the phone and after quiet talks to see if you can get any answers is one way to get it, but we didn’t get any answers.”
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