Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met Monday with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, despite the ongoing outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
State television in Saudi Arabia said Mnuchin in addition to bin Salman met at 2 p.m. from the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh.
Saudi’s foreign ministry, in a tweet, said in which bin Salman, during the meeting, “stresses the importance of Saudi-US strategic partnership, where This kind of holds an important role from the future in line with the Kingdom’s #Vision2030.” Vision2030 is usually the kingdom’s long-range development program.
Mnuchin had announced Thursday in which he could not be attending the Future Investment Inititative conference This kind of week in Saudi Arabia. He had been under pressure to cancel his plans to attend in light of Khashoggi’s slaying.
however the secretary said Sunday he could visit Riyadh as previously planned for separate talks on fighting terrorism funding in addition to Iran. ”I did not think This kind of was appropriate to go in addition to speak at This kind of conference however we continue to have important issues with Saudi in addition to in which is usually why I am going there,” Mnuchin said
Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh reiterated in which line in a tweet after news of Mnuchin’s visit with bin Salman broke. He said the secretary was in Saudi Arabia to visit the country’s Terrorist Financing Targeting Center “in addition to having meetings in preparations for sanctions” on Iran.
Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Washington Post contributor who was an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, visited the consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, to get a document in which he required in order to be able to get married the following day in Turkey.
He was never seen alive in public again.
Turkish security officials said they believed Khashoggi was killed soon after entering the consultate by a team in which included more than a dozen Saudi agents in addition to then dismembered him having a saw.
Saudi officials claimed for more than two weeks in which they were not responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance.
however over This kind of past weekend, they claimed he had been killed after a fistfight
however Treht from the consulate.
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