“The United States has consistently applied these principles to Heads of State and Government and Foreign Ministers while in office, and that is something we expect others to do for the United States as well,” said Deputy State Department Spokesperson Vedant Patel. This issue”.
Also, a spokesman for the US National Security Council, John Kirby, stated that the decision is “legal and has absolutely nothing to do with the substance of the issue itself.”
He added that “a legal decision requested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and submitted by the Ministry of Justice at the request of the court,” and continued: “This has absolutely nothing to do with the bilateral relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which, as you know, is now tense given the OPEC Plus decision a month or so ago to cut oil production.” once again”.
He stated: “The President (Joe Biden) said that we are in the process of reviewing this bilateral relationship to make sure that it serves the interests of our national security and the American people, and we are conducting this review now.”
Kirby also referred to the actions taken by the Biden administration to punish some Saudi officials in response to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
In response to a question about whether the US president had signed the decision, Kirby said, “The president is aware of this legal process, this legal decision.”
It is noteworthy that the Turkish researcher, Khadija Genghis, who was the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi when he was killed in his country’s consulate in 2018, commented on the US administration’s announcement that it had submitted a request to the judiciary to grant the Saudi crown prince immunity in the case that Genghis brought against him.
Cengiz said, via Twitter: “The US State Department granted immunity to MBS (Mohammed bin Salman) .. It was not a decision that everyone expected .. We thought maybe there would be a light of justice from the United States of America, but again, money came first .. This A world that neither Jamal nor I know.
The request states that lawyers for the Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs because Mohammed bin Salman was recently appointed prime minister of Saudi Arabia, and as a result he is eligible for immunity as the head of a foreign government.
In the file submitted by the US Department of Justice, he stated that “Mohammed bin Salman, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the current head of government, and therefore he is immune from this lawsuit,” while describing the murder as “heinous.”
The Saudi crown prince had previously denied the allegations and sought immunity from prosecution.