Ex-Saudi envoy to US: Killing of Khashoggi is the killing of all humanity
The former Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Turki Al Faisal, has publicly said that the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is alike to the killing of the whole of humanity.
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Speaking at an address at the 27th Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference at the National Council on US-Arab Relations on Wednesday, Prince Turki quoted the Quranic verse in commemoration of Khashoggi who lived in self-imposed exile as a result of his criticism of the Saudi government.
Khashoggi previously worked as a media adviser under Turki between 2003 and 2007 when he served as ambassador to London and then Washington.
Commenting on how the controversy would impact US-Saudi relations, Turki recalled previous challenges which had occurred and been dealt with – such as the oil embargo in the 1970s and the 9/11 attacks – all of which were overcome and did not compromise bilateral relations in any major way. Relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, the Prince insisted, are “thicker than water”.
The “intensity and gleefulness” with which the international media conducted the “onslaught and demonisation” of the Kingdom, however, was heavily criticised by Prince Turki who called it “unfair and malicious”.
“Subjecting our relationship to this issue is not healthy at all. Saudi Arabia is committed to bringing to justice those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and anybody else who failed in upholding the law. Justice will run its course,” he said.
People hold signs during a protest at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi [Twitter]
He held to account the hypocrisy of those who have chosen to demonise the Kingdom, saying that “countries that have tortured and incarcerated innocent people and that launched a war that killed many thousands of people based on fabricated information should be humble in their regard to others and countries that have persecuted and disappeared journalist and other individuals should not pose as champions of free speech.”
Prince Turki also asked why there wasn’t a similar level of international outrage when “innocent, unarmed Palestinian children are slaughtered every day by the Israeli army,” in which around 200 people have been killed and more than 17,000 wounded in six months of demonstrations against Israeli policy in the besieged Gaza Strip. He insisted that he does not “see the same media frenzy and demand to bring the perpetrators, and whoever ordered them to kill those children, to justice.”
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman publicly denounced the killing of Khashoggi as “repulsive” and denied any involvement, with foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir claiming it was committed by rogue agents acting independently on another’s orders.