Saudi Crown Prince Gives Biden The Cold Shoulder: “I Do Not Care” What He Thinks

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Last week, geopolitical pundits were struck after three middle-eastern power brokers – among them one of the closest US allies in the Gulf region, Saudi Arabia which not too long ago rejected US appeals to pump more oil, signed onto an Arab League statement that did not condemn Russia and instead called for diplomacy, an avoidance of escalation and consideration of the humanitarian situation. We now know why.

In a recent interview in The Atlantic, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS) was asked some tough questions concerning the Biden administration’s taking a harder line on the kingdom and MbS personally compared to when Trump was in office.

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In particular the murder and dismemberment of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has brought MbS under continued international scrutiny, albeit for the most part global elites started cozying up to Riyadh again by a mere year out from the October 2018 gruesome killing at the consulate in Istanbul. Biden himself had previously said he would make the crown prince “a pariah” in global opinion.

MbS responded to The Atlantic on this point by saying“I feel that human rights law wasn’t applied to me,” he said. “Article XI of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that any person is innocent until proven guilty.” Thus he once again implied his own innocence in the killing.

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