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Arms sale more important to Trump than journo’s fate: Analyst

Tehran, The online news director for the American magazine, The New Yorker, provided an analysis of the Trump administration's approach towards the disappearance of Saudi journalist, saying US attaches higher importance to arms sale to Saudi Arabia than to find out Kashoggi's fate.

On a live interview with David Rohde, the American news-based television channel, CNN, said, the US president, Donald Trump, has vowed 'severe punishment' if the kingdom's involvement in the murder is proven. However, he is reluctant to cancel major arms sales to Saudi Arabia. So how will he punish Riyadh?

David Rohde, the global affairs analysts for the TV channel, replied, 'I think there's far more that the president can do. He has personal business with the Saudis. He has talked about these defense contracts. But I feel like the president has mocked the prime minister of Canada about dairy subsidies, mocked Angela Merkel in Germany. He savaged these longtime American allies, yet he is holding back on an authoritarian regime, Saudi Arabia, luring a journalist into their consulate and potentially murdering him.'

He added this carries a very bad message to the Middle East: only money matters. The US administration is mostly concerned with selling weapons to Saudi Arabia than to discover the fate of the missing Saudi journalist.

Rohde went on to say, in fact extremist groups in the Middle East assume they can buyoff the West because it does not care about the rule of law and justice. For them, money is everything, so the Saudis can overcome all obstacles using their wealth.

The Saudi investigative journalist went missing last Tuesday after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage.

According to Western media, he was murdered by a 15-member team coming from Saudi Arabia to Istanbul.

The 59-year-old journalist had left the country since Bin Salman was named Crown Prince and moved to the US.

In his articles published mostly by the Washington Post, Khashoggi sharply rebuked Saudi Arabia's policies.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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