Opinion: US pressure on Saudi Arabia is crucial to solving Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance
Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian citizen legally residing in the United States has been missing since October 2.
Khashoggi, walked into the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey, in order to acquire documents that he needed to marry his Turkish fiancée. Khashoggi never reappeared.
According to recent reports, Saudi Arabia plans on admitting to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, after initially vehemently denying any involvement in his disappearance.
Finding out the truth in what happened and who is responsible is of great importance to all of us who deeply care about the free and fair press.
A bi-partisan group of Senators has called for an investigation, the media have covered this around the clock, and President Trump has dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the region to gather facts and determine next steps of U.S. involvement.
This situation is developing quickly. We are just now seeing concrete steps being taken to get to the bottom of Khashoggi’s disappearance.
Here’s the bottom line:
One thing is for certain: the American president, Congress, and media have taken the lead in applying pressure on the Saudi government to cooperate with an investigation.
Our condolences go out to all of the family and loved ones of Jamal Khashoggi, hopefully they will soon receive the answers and the peace of mind that they deserve.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations