Making a mockery of his personal marketing campaign vow to deal with the repressive Saudi kingdom as a "pariah," U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday greeted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman—who intelligence companies consider permitted the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi—with an amiable fist bump as he arrived on the royal palace in Jeddah.
Already livid over the president's resolution to satisfy with the crown prince regardless of his function within the brutal 2018 homicide of Khashoggi and subsequent cover-up try, human rights defenders responded with outrage to the greeting, which the Saudi regime swiftly blasted out on social media.
"The bloody fist bump seen world wide," said Sarah Leah Whitson, govt director of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN). "You might have humiliated our total nation."
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of Khashoggi—a U.S. resident who wrote for The Washington Submit earlier than he was tortured, killed, and dismembered with a bone saw contained in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul—replied on Twitter:
The assembly between Biden and the Saudi crown prince, generally often called MBS, is anticipated to the touch on a variety of points, from the U.S.-backed Saudi conflict on Yemen to grease manufacturing within the midst of Russia's ongoing assault on Ukraine.
In an interview forward of the assembly, Cengiz told the Related Press that Biden is "backing down" on human rights within the curiosity of boosting oil manufacturing. Just below three years in the past, throughout his 2020 presidential marketing campaign, Biden promised to make the Saudi management "pay the worth" for the Khashoggi homicide and "make them the truth is the pariah that they're."
"It is a very enormous backing down truly," Cengiz mentioned Thursday. "It is heartbreaking and disappointing. And Biden will lose his ethical authority by placing oil and expediency over ideas and values."