On Friday evening, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the Saudi Rapid Intervention Forces (SRIF) and the former Deputy Head of General Intelligence Service (GIS) in the Kingdom for what it said was their role in the murdering of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
A senior Biden administration official, who asked not to be named, said the approach of the Biden administration aims to create a new starting point for relations with the kingdom without breaking a core relationship in the Middle East.
It is worth noting that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is one of the main allies to the United of America (USA) through the years following the Second World War (WWII).
On Friday evening, the administration of US President Joe Biden released a declassified copy of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
The declassified document listed 21 individuals whom the CIA has great confidence that they are involved or responsible for Khashoggi’s killing.
US President Joe Biden decided to declassify the report, which former President Donald Trump refused to publish in defiance of a law passed in 2019, which reflects the new US readiness to challenge issues of human rights and the war in Yemen.
Biden’s actions in the first weeks of his administration appear to be aimed at fulfilling campaign promises to reorganize Saudi relations after critics accused his predecessor, Donald Trump, of overreaching grave human rights violations in some friendly countries.
Relations between Washington and some of its allies in the Middle East have been severely strained for years due to the war in Yemen and the killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a historic city in Turkey.
Khashoggi was residing in the United States and writing columns for the Washington Post.