Report: Netanyahu Asked Trump to Stick With Saudi Crown Prince After Khashoggi Murder
Citing U.S. officials, Washington Post reports Netanyahu described Mohammed bin Salman as a ‘strategic ally’ in the Middle East
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Trump and Netanyahu, 2017.Kobi Gideon / GPO
WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked senior officials in the Trump White House to continue supporting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
Citing U.S. officials, the report stated that Netanyahu described the Crown Prince as a “strategic ally” in the Middle East.
The report said that a similar message was conveyed to the White House by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.
Netanyahu recently visited Oman, a Gulf country that had not hosted an Israeli Prime Minister since the 1990’s, in a sign of the warming ties between Israel and Arab monarchies in the Gulf.
On his way to Oman, the Prime Minister’s plane flew over Saudi Arabia. In addition, there were a number of reports in recent months about an increase in Israeli-Saudi intelligence cooperation.Saudi Arabia, and bin Salman, have come under heavy criticism for their opaque stalling in the investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance and death. The kingdom has also changed its narrative several times since the case first received public notice.
Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, DC, March 20, 2018.AFP
On Wednesday, a group of Republican senators urged U.S. President Donald Trump to suspend negotiations with Saudi Arabia on a potentially lucrative atomic energy agreement over the murder.
Also Wednesday, Istanbul’s chief prosecutor’s office said Khashoggi was suffocated as soon as he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate on October 2 in a pre-planned killing, » Lees verder