Indiana Sen. Young, Sen. King react to Saudi Crown Prince taking responsibility for Khashoggi’s death

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In this image made from a March 2018 video provided by Metafora Production, Jamal Khashoggi speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location. Eighteen days after Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia acknowledged early Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, that the 59-year-old writer has died in what it said was a “fistfight” inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. […]

WASHINGTON (WEHT) – Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) say the Saudi Crown Prince has taken responsibility for Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

Earlier this month Senators Young and King visited Saudi Arabia where they met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and they say he broke his silence in Khashoggi’s death.

According to reports, the Crown Prince said in a PBS interview, “It happened under my watch. I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch.”

The senators say he told them this during their meeting in Jeddah on Sept. 8th.

Sen. Young said in their meeting they pressed the Crown Prince on Khashoggi’s murder and he took responsibility.

“I’m glad to see that he has answered our urgent call to come forward publicly to take responsibility as the nation’s leader. As Senator King and I wrote in an op-ed following our visit, Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner, but not one we will support at any cost. If Saudi Arabia seeks to transform into a 21st century leader, it must continue taking public actions to show they are serious about repairing the trust between our two nations.”

King says the public statement is a positive step, but the Kingdom must do more.

“We’re encouraged that, after Senator Young and I pressured the Crown Prince earlier this month to take responsibility for the actions of his government, he has publicly admitted that responsibility for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi lies with him. As we told the Crown Prince, public actions, not private assurances, will show that the Saudi Arabia is interested in seriously addressing the trust deficit between the Kingdom and the United States Congress. This public statement is a positive step, but the Kingdom must do much more. We will be watching closely to ensure that Saudi Arabia swiftly brings all parties involved in this barbarous crime to justice, including any criminal actions of Saud al-Qhatani.”

Senators Young and King traveled to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Oman on a congressional delegation visit earlier this month.
In addition to pressing the Crown Prince on Khashoggi’s death, they also discussed the humanitarian and security crisis in Yemen and releasing pledged humanitarian relief.

Senators Young and King also met with other regional leaders, foreign diplomats, and U.S. military personnel serving aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Gonzalez. Meetings focused on tensions with Iran, countering global terrorism, the civil war in Yemen, and priority humanitarian issues.

The senators penned an op-ed for Defense News following their visit and you can find that by clicking here.

More information about their trip can be found here.

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(This story was originally published on September 26, 2019)

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