Saudi Arabia does not “have the slightest intention” to impose an oil embargo as it happened in 1973, the Saudi Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister, Khalid A. Al-Falih, said this Monday in an interview with the Russian news agency Tass. “This incident will be overcome,” Al-Falih underscored.
President Donald Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia talk together during ceremonies, Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Royal Court Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo Shealah Craighead)
Minister Al-Falih reffers to the 70% increase in crude oil prices and embargo against pro-Israel Western countries adopted by 6 OPEC countries in October 1973 after the offensive carried out by Egypt and Syria against israel.
In the midst of a crisis between Riyadh and Western countries after the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump said that the US cpold stop weapon exports to the Arab country, should the circumstances of the death of the Saudi columnist of the Washington Post were not deeply investigated and clarified.
Saudi Arabia answered Trump’s declarations saying that the Arab country could set an oil embargo, if international pressures on their Government keep on the rise by the Jamal Khashoggi affair.
Saudi journalist, Global Opinions columnist for the Washington Post, and former editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel Jamal Khashoggi offers remarks during POMED’s “Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia: A Deeper Look”. March 21, 2018, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), Washington, DC.Photo by POMED (Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia: A Deeper Look) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Some images and data unveiled by the Turkish Government show that the disident Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate at Istambul (Turkey) on 2nd October 2018 as he was entering the delegation.
Turkey’s secret services had installed some hidden cameras and microphones inside the Saudi Consulate. The images unveiled were filmed by the mentioned hidden devices.
On 19th October Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, issued a Royal Order relieving the Deputy Chief of General Intelligence in the General Intelligence Presidency from his position, along with several other intelligence officers, including: Assistant Chief of General Intelligence for Intelligence Affairs, Assistant Chief of General Intelligence for Human Resources, and Director of the General Directorate of Security and Protection. Additionally, a Senior Advisor in the Royal Court has also been relieved of his position effective immediately.
The King of Saudi Arabia HH. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud when he was Minister of Defense Crown Prince welcomes Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to his office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 9, 2013. Hagel met with various Saudi Arabian leaders to discuss issues of mutual importance. Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo (Released)
In an official communication issued by the Saudi Kingdom on 19th October as well it was estated: “The results of the preliminary investigations also revealed that the discussions which took place between Jamal Khashoggi during his visit to the Kingdom’s Consulate in Istanbul and the suspects unfortunately led to an altercation between them and Jamal Khashoggi, leading to his death.
The source added that while the investigations are still ongoing into the case with 18 Saudi suspects in custody; the Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts out publicly; hold all those involved accountable; bring them to justice by referring them to the courts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
King Salman has always denied that he knew anything about plans to kill the disident journalist.
The President of Turkey Tayyip Erdoğan advanced on 21st October he was unveiling more facts on the actual circumstances surrounding Khashoggi’s affair.
The President of Germany, Angela Merkel, said last weekend that her country was cutting any sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia till the responsibles of the death of the journalist were found and judged. She also encouraged other EU memeber states to do the same.
Today the High Representative of the European Union declared in an official statement: “The emerging circumstances of Jamal Khashoggi’s death are deeply troubling, including the shocking violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and particularly its Article 55.
“Therefore the European Union like its partners, insists on the need for continued thorough, credible and transparent investigation, shedding proper clarity on the circumstances of the killing and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible for it.”
Christine Lagarde (Managing Director at the International Monetary Fund). in Bali -October 2018.© IMF
On 13th October 2018 being in Bali during the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) gathering for the IMF’s Annual Meetings, Christine Lagarde (IMF’s Managing Director) was asked if she still plans to visit Saudi Arabia amid reports about the death of Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“Human rights, freedom of information, are essential rights; and horrifying things have been reported, and I am horrified. But I have to conduct the business of the IMF in all corners of the world and with many governments. And when I visit a country, I always speak my mind. You know me. I do. So, at this point in time, my intention is to not change my plan and to be very attentive to the information that is coming up in the next few days, but I speak my mind,” she said.
On 17th October an official communication from the IMF to the press informed that the Managing Director’s previously scheduled trip to the Middle East region had been deferred .
Khashoggi’s killing shadows the efforts carried out in the latest years by the Saudi Arabian Monarchy, all of them aimed to show that the Kingdom was for a clear advance in the recognition of human rights (including women’s rights) and in the economic and international image side.
Despite the mentioned efforts, according to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders, Saudi Arabia takes the 169 spot in a ranking that lists 180 countries around the world from the most to least respective to this freedom. With 63.13 points the distance of the Arab country from the worst score 88.87, that obtained by North Korea, is narrow.
Leaving aside the death of Jamal Khashoggi, 58 journalists, 10 citizens journalists and 4 media assistants have been killed since January 2018.
Image over the headline.- Saudi Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister, Khalid A. Al-Falih. Photo by World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. To watch the original photo click here
The photo was taken on 25thJAN12 when Khalid A. Al Falih was President and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia. The image was captured during the session ‘The Global Energy Context’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland.