Joe Biden will phone King Salman before releasing intelligence report on killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
IslamNews – A phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will take place soon, the White House said on Wednesday, as Biden works to bring contact with Riyadh back along traditional lines after four years under Donald Trump.
Biden is insisting that he speak only to the king, 85, marking a contrast to the cozy relationship that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman enjoyed with former president Trump’s White House.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters “we expect that to happen soon” when asked when Biden would speak with the king.
Psaki also said a declassified U.S. report on the death of Khashoggi, killed in Istanbul, is being readied for release and will come out soon.
The report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence – which could come out as soon as Thursday – is expected to be damaging to Saudi Arabia and imply Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the murder.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she did not have any information on the timing of the call.