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The Biden administration’s decision not to take any action against Saudi Arabia has been severely criticized at home and abroad despite the US intelligence agency’s report blaming Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Biden administration, under pressure from this, has said that it will issue a statement on Monday. However, experts say that there is a big dilemma facing the US administration in this matter. Saudi Arabia is a major part of the US strategy in West Asia. It is not possible for America to resent him more than a border.
The intelligence report confirmed earlier that Yuvraj Salman ordered Khashogi’s assassination. This report also stated that the Crown Prince has complete control over the decision-making process in Saudi Arabia. That is, he is the real ruler of the country. Prince Salman is said to be very angry with the US report. After the release of the US report, the Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia said in a statement – this report has reached unfair and wrong results. It noted that Saudi Arabia strongly condemned Khashogi’s murder.
Media reports related to West Asia quoted Saudi officials as saying that Saudi Arabia is concerned about its image being tarnished in the world. Prince Salman has implemented many reform schemes only to improve the image of the country. These include giving more freedom to women, but the killing of Khashogi, Saudi Arabia’s role in the Yemen war, and the corruption charges against 200 people associated with the royal family have turned Prince Salman’s efforts on fire.
Prince Salman has taken several initiatives to add sources other than crude oil to the country’s economy, create more jobs and liberalize social attitudes. He has named his plans as ‘Vision 2030’, but more than these things have been discussed in the world media about the Khashoggi massacre and the war of Yemen.
Joe Biden spoke of fixing accountability in the Khashoggi massacre in the presidential election. After becoming President, he has taken some other steps against Saudi Arabia besides reversing the US position in the war of Yemen. These include the announcement of a visa ban on 76 Saudi nationals. These people have been accused of threatening those dissatisfied with the Saudi royal family. Meanwhile, the US Finance Ministry has announced a ban on Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief. Experts say that more stringent action may require the US to pay a more expensive price.
According to strategy experts, without the active involvement of Saudi Arabia, the US plan to balance Iran’s strength would be in trouble. Also, there may be a decline in US military influence in this area. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia may move closer to the opposing countries of the US, China and Russia, which will create more favorable conditions for those countries in West Asia. Experts say that it is for this reason that the Biden administration is reluctant to ban Prince Salman.
However, Joe Biden himself has been criticized by many leaders of his Democratic Party because of this. They also have some MPs. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia has openly expressed its displeasure over the release of the report. According to reports published in the US media, the US did not expect the strong words that Saudi Arabia used in its statement.