Following the disappearance of Khashoggi, a U.S resident and Washington Post Columnist, U.S President Donald Trump has sent the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet King Salman. The matter has really strained the relationship between America and the Saudis, a relationship that the U.S president has carefully worked on.
It is believed that the journalist was assassinated over his powerful criticism of Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia is however preparing a statement that will acknowledge the death of the Saudi journalist in the hands of interrogators. The statement comes after the U.S president’s speculation that rogue killers were the ones responsible for the killing.
Jamal Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul about two weeks ago to get a certificate that would allow whim to marry his Turkish fiancée. Turkish officials have strong reasons to believe that the journalist was murdered inside the consulate and his body removed.
His family then called for an investigation into the matter, to establish how, when and why their kin was killed. In a statement released on Monday, his family said that they were sad and anxious about the conflicting news coming from all directions regarding the disappearance and death of their father. They are now calling for the establishment of an independent, impartial and international commission of inquiry to establish the circumstances surrounding his death.
On Monday, CNN reported that Saudi Arabia was preparing a report about the matter, acknowledging the death of the journalist in a failed interrogation. The Saudi government has however not made any comment on the CNN report.
The New York Times, on the other hand, has reported that the crown prince was the one who approved the interrogation, information they got from someone familiar with Saudi plans. The source told New York Times of a possibility of Saudi Arabia trying to protect the crown prince and blaming the act on an intelligent official.
The case has painted Saudi Arabia negatively in international scenes especially because it is considered as world’s top oil exporter. This could greatly affect the country’s international business matters.