U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters outside the White House that he would be 'making an announcement' on Saudi Arabia on Monday, with regards to the country's role in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, though a White House official suggested it won't be anything new.
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For Reuters customers only.~** "Mr. Biden, are you going to punish the Crown Prince?" "There'll be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally." U.S. President Joe Biden reiterated on Saturday that he would be making an 'announcement' on Saudi Arabia on Monday, over the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
That follows a US intelligence report made public on Friday, which revealed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, had approved the execution.
However a White House official played down the upcoming announcement, suggesting no new significant steps should be expected after Friday's moves.
The U.S. imposed a visa ban on some Saudis believed to have been involved in the murder and sanctioned others.
Until his death in 2018, Khashoggi had written opinion columns critical of the Crown Prince's policies.
He was killed and dismembered in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
The Crown Prince has consistently denied any involvement and the Saudi government on Friday rejected the U.S. report, reiterating their claims that Khashoggi was killed by a rogue group.
Biden's administration faces growing pressure to take a tougher stance on the Crown Prince, who had not been sanctioned despite being blamed.
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Shantir Ogrosena, multinational military exercise, concluded in Bangladesh on April 12.The armed forces of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka participated in the exercise. Observers from the US, UK, Turkey and Saudi Arabia also participated. The multilateral UN-mandated counterterrorism exercise was held from April 4-12. The Indian Army contingent that participated comprised of 30 personnel. Indian Army chief Gen M M Naravane attended the closing ceremony of the exercise. The Army chief also interacted with the members of the Indian Army contingent. Watch the full video for more.
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A 10-day multinational military exercise named 'Shantir Ogrosena' in which troops of four countries including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka participated, culminated on April 12 in Bangladesh. The exercise also included observers from the US, UK, Turkey and Saudi Arabia and others. The exercise from April 4-12, was organised to pay tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary and celebrate the golden jubilee of the liberation of Bangladesh. The aim of the exercise was to strengthen defence ties and enhance interoperability amongst neighbourhood countries to ensure effective peacekeeping operations, the Indian Army said on April 12.
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