Out of utter shock, Mohammed bin Salman called the White House adviser Jared Kushner to ask why Khashoggi’s disappearance was creating such international fury reported The Wall Street Journal. And you thought he was shocked over Khashoggi’s murder? It seems that the Crown Prince is not happy about the incident turning into a diplomatic crisis.
Politicians and business leaders from the U.S. Treasury Secretary to The New York Times are turning away from Saudi Arabia and pulling out of an important conference that is slated for Tuesday in Riyadh.
After eight days of Khashoggi’s disappearance, Crown prince Mohammad contacted President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner on October 10 and asked him about the ongoing outrage. In response, John Bolton, the U.S. national security adviser and Kushner told the crown prince to solve the crisis as soon as possible.
One of the main reason why this Khashoggi episode turned into a major diplomatic crisis was due to the downright wantonness of the news of the journalist’s killing including the disclosures that agents carried a bone saw and disarticulated the journalist.
The Saudi royal which currently runs the country was at first “relaxed” about Khashoggi’s vanishing when the reports first came. Then it bourgeoned as the things in the States started heating up and people started getting worried.
After Khashoggi’s disappearance, for weeks the Trump government seemed to be unenthusiastic to point at the Saudi leadership is responsible.
Trump has continued to hype billions of dollars’ worth of arms contracts signed between Riyadh and Washington, which according to Trump could create hundreds and thousands of jobs in the U.S.
After Saudi Arabia admitted Khashoggi’s death, Trump released a statement saying that there have been lies and there have been deceptions in Saudi Arabia’s explanation of the death and disappearance.
However, he further added that he “would be relived if he wasn’t guilty,” referring to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Majority of the 15 men identified in the Turkish news media as accused in Khashoggi’s killing have been spotted in the crown prince’s staff.
17 days after Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, Riyadh first admitted Khashoggi’s death on Friday night but recognized it as “a quarrel and physical confrontation” that got out of control. Crown Prince Mohammed and the Saudi officials earlier claimed that Jamal Khashoggi exited the consulate and repudiated knowing his whereabouts.
The kingdom seems to be eager to tear the crown prince from the ongoing scandal. Soon after admitting Khashoggi’s death, Saudi Arabia arrested 18 accused and sacked a high-grade general in an attempt to depict the killing as a rogue operation, instead of showing it as one authorized by the upper stratums of the Saudi government.
Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi foreign minister stated that Crown Prince Mohammed “was unaware of the operation that resulted in Khashoggi’s death.”
On Saturday, Jubeir told Fox News: “This was an operation that was a rogue operation. This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had. They made a mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate, and they tried to cover up for it.”
The state-run Saudi Press Agency allegedly reported on Friday that the crown prince has been given the authority to reshuffle the country’s intelligence services.