With reporting by Rebecca Kaplan
Republican Rep. Ed Royce and Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, the chairman and rating member of the Home International Affairs Committee, wrote a letter to President Trump Friday pressuring him to research Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance. Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Put up columnist, disappeared within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul final week. Turkish officers declare that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered whereas within the consulate.
Royce and Engel referred to as on Mr. Trump to research Khashoggi’s disappearance beneath the World Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which permits the president to impose sanctions on individuals who’ve engaged in human rights violations. Arequested the president conduct a Magnitsky Act investigation in a letter on Wednesday.
“We assist this request, and hope obligatory determinations will likely be made promptly utilizing findings of the administration’s investigation,” Royce and Engel wrote of their letter.
The 2 additionally supported further safety steps to make sure an analogous scenario couldn’t happen in america.
“We urge your administration to assessment Saudi nationals credentialed to diplomatic and consular posts in america and Saudi diplomatic and consular actions inside america,” the 2 wrote. “There ought to be no likelihood that what apparently occurred in Ankara might occur right here.”
Royce and Engel referred to as for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to withdraw from attending “Davos within the Desert,” an financial convention in Riyadh which is able to happen later this month. Despite the fact that a number of western tech and media corporations have introduced that they are going to not take part within the convention attributable to Khashoggi’s disappearance, Mnuchin will nonetheless be in attendance.
“Until the Saudi authorities absolutely discloses what it is aware of about this disappearance and sure homicide, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ought to cancel plans to attend the upcoming “Davos within the Desert,”” Royce and Engel wrote, including that his look would “doubtlessly undermine efforts” to point out that allegedly killing dissidents is unacceptable.
Mr. Trump has tried to forge a robust relationship with Saudi Arabia. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is pleasant with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The administration sees Saudi Arabia as a accomplice to counter the affect of Iran within the Center East. Royce and Engel alluded to this relationship of their letter, whereas expressing their concern concerning the remedy of Khashoggi.
“Mr. President, we worth our relationships with Saudi Arabia. But homicide and different blatant violations of worldwide norms and agreements can’t be finished with impunity,” they wrote.
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