(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: The Khashoggi Fallout

(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: The Khashoggi Fallout

Topic: The Khashoggi Fallout

Guest:

  • Waiel Awwad, (West Asia Expert)
  • K. P. Fabian, (Former Diplomat)
  • Qamar Agha, (International Affairs Expert)

Topic Description:

In its first punitive response in three weeks since the disappearance and killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi , the United States administration has revoked the visas of 21 Saudi nationals . Khashoggi had walked in to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2nd October and never came back .

After a fortnight of denials Saudi authorities finally confirmed that Khashoggi had died inside his consulate. Various details of the entire incident published in Turkish media and rhe flip flop by the Saudi authorities led to a outrage from the several counties , leaders and activists .

Turkish President has accused Saudi govt of planning Khashoggi's murder and called for an independent investigation . However contrary to expectations he did not reveal the existence of audio and video evidence understood to be in Turkey's possession. Hours later Prince Mohammed bin Salman displayed his political muscle at the investor summit in Riyadh flaunting his refusal to pull back in the face of the scandal . Though dozens of top business leaders from around the world had pulled out of this summit due to mounting questions over Saudi govt's role in the Khashoggi killing.

Meanwhile in Washington President Trump termed Saudi Arabia's response in this matter as the worst cover up ever. This is the strongest criticism yet by Trump of his Saudi ally and marks a significant shift from his initial response on the issue .

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