Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman erupted at US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan during a meeting last year when Sullivan brought up the assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the incident took place last September when the two met for the first time since President Joe Biden took office.
Although the crown prince wanted to strike a “relaxed tone” for their meeting, he “ended up shouting at Sullivan after he raised the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the newspaper reported.
“The prince told Sullivan he never wanted to discuss the matter again,” the Journal quoted people familiar with the discussion.
The crown prince also said that the US “could forget about its request to boost oil production.”
Relations between the Saudi Kingdom and the US reached the breaking point when Biden accused bin Salman of the assassination of Khashoggi and both the leaders have not spoken since the inauguration of Biden.
Reportedly, bin Salman also ignored phone calls from Biden as he wanted to push the Kingdom to increase its production of crude oil to offset rising oil prices and squeeze Russia’s ability to finance its war.
Khashoggi, 59, a longtime Washington Post columnist known for his criticism of the Saudi kingdom, was assassinated and dismembered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, after going there to get paperwork for his upcoming marriage.
According to CIA’s investigation, Prince bin Salman had personally ordered Khashoggi’s murder.
However, divisions between Saudi Arabia and the US apparently further deepened since Russia launched a full-scale invasion in Ukraine in February.
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