U.S. President Joe Biden has spoken to King Salman of Saudi Arabia on the phone as he tries to place ties on a new footing with America’s old ally.
“The White House says he “affirmed the value” that the U.S. “places on universal human rights and the rule of law.
After reading a forthcoming US article on the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Mr Biden made the call.
It is expected that the report, due to be published shortly, will include the son of the king, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Donald Trump, Mr. Biden’s predecessor, sought stronger relations with Saudi Arabia.
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A legal provision to release the study in a declassified form was refused by the Trump administration, focusing instead on better cooperation with the Saudis.
On some Saudi positions, Mr Biden is supposed to take a far tougher stance.
His body was dismembered when Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2018. The prince of the crown refuses participation.
A team of agents sent to return him to the kingdom blamed his death on a “rogue operation” by the Saudi authorities, and last September, a Saudi court tried and sentenced five people to 20 years in prison after initially sentencing them to death.
Source: BBC News