Defense against sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince
The White House press secretary said: “Historically, and especially in recent history, neither the Democratic nor Republican governments have imposed sanctions on foreign government leaders, regardless of whether their countries have established diplomatic relations with us.”
[Global Network Report, reporter Hou Jiaxin] On February 28, local time, the United States defended its decision not to list Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a target of sanctions. According to the US Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), White House Press Secretary Jane Psaki said in an interview with US media that day: “Historically speaking, especially in recent history, neither the Democratic nor Republican governments have Sanctions have been imposed on foreign government leaders, regardless of whether their country has established diplomatic relations with us.”
In the investigation report published on February 26, the CIA accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed of directly approving the murder of Saudi agents against Khashoggi, but did not direct the sanctions against the crown prince.
Regarding the United States, which is brandishing the stick of sanctions against other countries by Su-Ae, in an interview with CNN, Psaki argued that the United States had never imposed sanctions on leaders of foreign governments.
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“We believe there will be more effective ways to ensure that this situation does not happen again, and to leave room for cooperation with Saudi Arabia in areas where the two sides have reached agreement.” Psaki said, “This is what diplomacy looks like. This is complicated. We have no secrets about what global contacts are like. We have made it clear that we will hold them accountable on the global stage.”
She added that the US government has taken measures through the Treasury Department and the State Department.
Soon after the CIA report was made public, the US State Department announced that 76 Saudi citizens related to the killing of Khashoggi were prohibited from entering the United States. On the same day, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Ahmed Asiri, the former deputy director of the Saudi Intelligence Directorate, and the Saudi “rapid intervention force” on the grounds that it was related to the killing of Khashoggi.
The Saudi side immediately denied the allegations in the report. The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on the 26th that the report “contains incorrect information and conclusions.” The Saudi government completely rejected the allegations of the Saudi leader in the report. Subsequently, Arab countries including Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Kuwait, as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the World Muslim League also issued statements successively expressing their rejection of this report. Saudi Arabia’s “Middle East News” website stated that it condemned the crimes in the case and that the perpetrators should be punished. However, the report published by the United States “does not provide any information, only contains speculation and analysis.” Prepared for Saudi Arabia.
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