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US-Saudi ties based on common interests: US diplomat

Tehran, The US-Saudi Arabia relations are based on common interest, the US former Ambassador to Oman told CNN on Wednesday.

In response to a question on the United States' future relations with Saudi Arabia, Gary Grappo said the US will keep its ties with Saudi Arabia, noting the same scenario happened on September 11 attacks where the Saudis were involved, but the relationship between the two sides continued.

The former US ambassador to Oman added that the US-Saudi Arabia ties are not based on values such as democracy and human rights, but on the interests of the two parties.

Asked whether the United States intends to impose restrictions on visa issuance for Saudi Arabia, Grappo said, an independent and separate investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or another intelligence service must be launched into the killing of the Saudi prominent journalist to shed light on the details of the murder and to identify those who were involved.

Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi critic journalist entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to collect paperwork for his forthcoming marriage, but never came back.

After 18 days of silence and rejecting claims that Khashoggi was killed, the Saudi government finally bowed down to international pressure, particularly from Turkey, on October 20th and claimed the prominent journalist was killed in what it called 'a fist-fight' inside Istanbul consulate.

The US president ,who had at first vowed a 'severe punishment' for the Saudi officials in case it turned out they were in charge of murdering the critic journalist, adopted a soft stance following Riyadh's admission to the murder, drawing fire from across the political spectrum.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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