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15:32, 21 October 2018

Saudi crown prince is &#039gonna have to be replaced&#039 amid &#039insulting&#039 explanation for Khashoggi&#039s death, Rand Paul says


Saudi crown prince is &#039gonna have to be replaced&#039 amid &#039insulting&#039 explanation for Khashoggi&#039s death, Rand Paul says

The Saudi government’s overnight announcement&#xA0that Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi died in a fistfight at its consulate in Turkey was &quotinsulting,&quot and supplied&#xA0another reason Crown Prince&#xA0Mohammad Bin Salman is &quotgonna have to be replaced,&quot Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told &quotFox News Sunday.&quot

Authorities in Saudi Arabia said 18&#xA0suspects had been in custody and intelligence officials had been fired more than the episode, weeks soon after they initially claimed Khashoggi had left their embassy unharmed.&#xA0Turkish officials have stated an &quotassassination squad&quot from the Kingdom, such as an official from Prince Mohammed’s entourage, and an &quotautopsy expert&quot flew in ahead of time and laid in wait for Khashoggi at the consulate.

Khashoggi, a prominent journalist and royal court insider for decades in Saudi Arabia, had written columns for The Washington Post crucial of Prince Mohammed and the Kingdom’s direction even though living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. He had advocated for democracy in Saudi Arabia and supported&#xA0Islamist politics.

&quotPreliminary investigations performed by the Public Prosecution showed that the suspects had traveled to Istanbul to meet with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi as there have been indications of the possibility of his returning back to the country,&quot a statement by the Saudi government study. &quotDiscussions took spot with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi throughout his presence in the consulate of the Kingdom in Istanbul by the suspects (that) did not go as required and developed in a negative way, top to a fistfight. The brawl led to his death and their attempt to conceal and hide what happened.&quot

The Saudi statement didn’t implicate the heir-apparent of the world’s biggest oil exporter, and cited no proof for its claims beyond anonymous sources.&#xA0Paul, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stated that the government’s explanation didn’t add up.

&quotI think it&#x2019s insulting to anybody who&#x2019s analyzing this with any sort of intelligent background to feel that, oh, a fistfight led to a dismemberment with a bone saw,&quot Paul said, referring to unconfirmed reports that the Saudi squad at the embassy included a man toting a bone saw.

He added: &quotI feel we ought to put this brazen attack, this brazen murder in context with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has generally over the decades been the largest state sponsor of radical Islam and violent jihad. They sponsor thousands of madrassas that teach hatred of Christians and Jews and Hindus about the planet. So this isn&#x2019t the first instance, this is just one more in the line of lengthy situations of Saudi insults to the civilized world.&quot

Paul said the solution was for new leadership in Saudi Arabia&#xA0– a proposal echoed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who stated on Fox News final week that&#xA0Crown Prince&#xA0Mohammad Bin Salman &quothas got to go.&quot

&quotI really feel particular that the crown prince was involved and that he directed this,&quot Paul told host Chris Wallace on Sunday.&#xA0&quotAnd that&#x2019s why I think we can’t continue to have relations with him. And so I feel he&#x2019s gonna have to be replaced, frankly.&quot

President Trump has stated he has no plans to cancel the U.S.’ billion-dollar arms deal with the Saudis,&#xA0saying &quotwe would be punishing ourselves&quot by killing the arrangement, which he named a&#xA0&quottremendous order for our organizations.&quot Saudi Arabia could basically turn about and acquire weapons from another supplier if the U.S. pulled out, Trump said.

In a statement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the kingdom warned that if it &quotreceives any action&quot kind the U.S., &quot&#xA0it will respond with greater action, and that the Kingdom’s economy has an influential and essential role in the international economy.&quot

Nonetheless, Paul said, even imposing attainable sanctions against Saudi Arabia and pulling out of the arms deal could be insufficient if the country’s behavior doesn’t adjust.

&quotI&#x2019m not even calling for sanctions truly against Saudi Arabia, in general. I don&#x2019t feel we need to quit trading with Saudi Arabia. I consider we must particularly quit aiding and abetting them in an aggressive war in Yemen …&#xA0where tens of thousands of civilians are getting killed. It&#x2019s about them spreading hatred of Christians and Jews and Hindus all through the world.&quot

He continued: &quotI don&#x2019t consider we need to have the Saudis the Saudis need us significantly much more than we require them. We have amazing leverage: Their air force is completely American planes. They can&#x2019t final a couple of months with no components and mechanics to support run their air force. We train their pilots they are fully dependent on us. We need to have to tell them to behave.&quot

Separately, Paul criticzied Trump’s selection to pull out of a decades-old nuclear agreement with Russia, calling it a &quotbig, massive mistake.&quot Britain has voiced support for the Trump administration’s selection, saying Russia had been violating the arrangement for y ears.

The Connected Press contributed to this report.

Published at Sun, 21 Oct 2018 14:19:55 +0000


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