King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia deliberately made no mention of the Jamal Khashoggi murder during the annual Shura address despite repeated calls from US Congress for condemnation of the same. The monarch instead focused his speech on praising the judiciary public prosecution for being committed to their duty in service of justice.
Jamal Khashoggi was a Washington Post journalist who was of Saudi dissent. He was a staunch critic of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate at Istanbul.
King Salman did not pay heed to the renewed calls for condemnation of the kingdom, by the US Congress especially after the recent assessment by CIA that the murder had been ordered directly by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Saudi prosecutors had earlier stated that they will seek death penalty for the five suspects thought to be involved in the murder.
The 82-year old monarch, also reiterated the Kingdom’s support for UN efforts to bring an end to the war in Yemen and also stated that the country is in favour of a political solution in Syria. He also appealed to the international community to bring an end to the nuclear and ballistic missile programme of Iran.
King Salman, thus gave a clear message to the world that he is standing by his son and that he was in favour of his vision 2030.