Senators Young, King react to Saudi Crown Prince taking responsibility for Khashoggi killing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman broke his silence on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

According to reports, the Crown Prince said in a forthcoming PBS interview, “It happened under my watch. I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch.”

This echoes what the Crown Prince told Senators Todd Young (R-Ind) and Angus King (I-Maine) during a Sept. 8 meeting in Saudi Arabia. The pair were the first lawmakers to meet with the Crown Prince in 18 months.

“During our meeting, we pressed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman firmly on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and he took ultimate responsibility as the leader of Saudi Arabia. I’m glad to see that he has answered our urgent call to come forward publicly to take responsibility as the nation’s leader. As Senator King and I wrote in an op-ed following our visit, Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner, but not one we will support at any cost. If Saudi Arabia seeks to transform into a 21st century leader, it must continue taking public actions to show they are serious about repairing the trust between our two nations.”

Sen. Todd Young

Senators Young and King traveled to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman on a congressional delegation visit earlier this month.

In addition to pressing the Crown Prince on the death of Jamal Khashoggi, they also discussed the humanitarian and security crisis in Yemen and releasing pledged humanitarian relief. Senators Young and King also met with other regional leaders including the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed, foreign diplomats, and U.S. military personnel serving aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Gonzalez. Their meetings were focused on tensions with Iran, countering global terrorism, the civil war in Yemen, and priority humanitarian issues.

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