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‘US made mistakes too’: Saudi prince’s response after Biden raises Khashoggi murder

After Joe Biden confronted him about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia told Joe Biden that the US also made mistakes.

Khashoggi died after being dismembered in a hit team at the consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

According to Mr Biden, he confronted Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), over the killings that occurred when he met with the Saudi leader Friday.

He stated that he was “straightforward, direct”, and made it clear his views on the murder.

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US intelligence agencies believe MBS was involved in the plot to murder the Washington Post columnist. While running for president, Mr Biden claimed that Saudi Arabia would be a “pariah”.

When he arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday, the president was criticised for greeting crown prince with a fist bump

Hatice Cengiz was one of those who attacked Mr Biden. She tweeted a photo of the moment and asked: “Is this the accountability that you promised for me murder?”

Reporters were told by the US president that “He [MBS] basically stated that he wasn’t personally responsible for it.” I said that I believed he was.

A Saudi official stated that the crown prince had told Mr Biden that the US also committed human rights violations in a statement to Reuters.

According to reports, the crown prince said that similar incidents occurred in the same year and that other journalists were also killed elsewhere.

“The United States made many other mistakes, such as the Abu Ghraib prison incident in Iraq and others.”

MBS has never endorsed the killing of Mr Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the kingdom.

Image Biden claimed that he had ‘indicated to MBS’ that he believed he was responsible for the murder

According to the Saudi official, the crown prince informed Mr Biden that the kingdom had taken all necessary measures to avoid similar errors in the future.

He also warned against imposing values on others countries by force and raising the murder of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Ab Akleh who was killed in an Israeli raid in May.

Since the Ukraine invasion that sparked an international energy crisis, the US has been more accommodating to Saudi Arabia.

Biden wants the OPEC+ group oil producers to increase their production in order to lower soaring prices.

America wants to keep good relations with the Kingdom to counter China’s growing influence.

Image In October 2018, Mr Khashoggi was murdered by a Saudi-led murder squad in Istanbul

On Friday, Mr Biden stated that he had a productive discussion about ensuring global energy security as well as adequate oil supplies to support global growth.

“I am doing everything I can to increase supply for the United States of America. I expect that to happen.

“The Saudis share this urgency and based upon our discussions today I expect that we’ll see additional steps in the coming week.”

Today’s Red Sea city of Jeddah is once again occupied by the energy issue as President Biden joins an expanded summit of Arab leaders.

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