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Biden will bring Khashoggi to the Saudi leader, the widow says

President Joe Biden is expected to mention the name of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a meeting with the Saudi leader accused of approving his assassination, Khashoggi’s widow told Spectrum News on Wednesday. She says administration officials confirmed her plans at a meeting a day earlier.


What You Need to Know

  • Jamal Khashoggi’s widow, Hanan Elatr Khashoggi, said in an interview with Spectrum News that President Joe Biden is expected to mention the name of the late journalist at a meeting with the Saudi Crown Prince this week.
  • Asked to confirm that Biden will mention Khashoggi, an administration official told Spectrum News that Elatr Khashoggi “met with an official in a routine engagement,” but did not provide specific details about the conversation.
  • Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and columnist for the Washington Post, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 and never left; The Saudi government initially denied any wrongdoing
  • A 2021 U.S. intelligence report concluded that the Crown Prince approved an operation to kill and dismember him.

Hanan Elatr Khashoggi said in an interview that a national security official told her on Tuesday that the president will mention her late husband when she meets with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman later this week.

“I have been assured that they will bring this concern in particular, in the case of my husband, Jamal Khashoggi,” she said.

Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 and the 59-year-old has never left.

The Saudi government initially denied any wrongdoing, but eventually admitted that Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate in what the Saudis characterized as a repatriation effort that turned out badly. A 2021 U.S. intelligence report concluded that Bin Salman approved the operation to kill and dismember him.

Administration officials declined to say in advance whether Biden would address Khashoggi’s assassination with the Saudi prince.

When asked to confirm that Biden will mention the deceased journalist, an administration official did not respond, but told Spectrum News that Elatr Khashoggi “met with an official in a routine engagement.”

“We will have no more details than to read from that private conversation,” they added.

His lawyer, Randa Fahmy, claims they met with several people, including a State Department official. Fahmy also said officials told him they would later inform Biden of the meeting with Khashoggi’s widow before his trip to Saudi Arabia.

Elatr Khashoggi first requested a meeting with the White House in early June, when she wrote a letter to President Biden on his wedding anniversary, as early reports indicated she would soon travel to the Middle East.

Fahmy said he sent several requests to Chief of Staff Ron Klain and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan before responding late last week.

On Wednesday, Khashoggi’s widow said her main message to White House officials and the president was to fulfill her late husband’s wishes to release all political prisoners detained in Saudi Arabia, including his close friend, Essam Al- Zamil.

“There’s a lot … noise around my husband’s tragedy,” she said. “But no one has heard the real story and the real wishes of my husband. And I think now it is my duty to speak up and express his wishes. And yesterday I had the opportunity.”

She said her message to people who were angry about Biden’s visit and meeting with the Crown Prince was that the trip could be productive.

“I think we can make the most of this visit,” he said. “I appreciate the emotion towards my husband, because he deserved it. But I think together we can make the most of it using political pressure, diplomatic pressure to get his wishes out.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Biden will bring Khashoggi to the Saudi leader, the widow says

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