Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Mnunchin Still Met With Saudi Crown Prince Amid Outcry Over Khashoggi Murder

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may have bailed on attending a financial summit while in Saudi Arabia this week, but he still met with the country’s crown prince on Monday amidst an uproar over the apparent murder of a dissident, CNN reported.

Mnuchin announced on Twitter on Thursday that he would not be attending the “Davos in the Desert” conference as the Trump administration waited for more details into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. However, Mnuchin still decided to participate in a separate meeting on anti-terrorism finance, The Washington Post reported.

At the event were Saudi security services who may have been involved in Khashoggi’s death, according to the Post.

The Saudi foreign ministry tweeted a photo of Mnuchin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, CNN reported. The caption says that the meeting “stresses the importance of the Saudi-US strategic partnership, where it holds an important role in the future in line with the Kingdom’s #Vision2030.”

At the meeting, Mnuchin and the crown prince plotted how to combat terrorism financing and impose sanctions on Iran, in addition to discussing the Khashoggi case, Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh told CNN.

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and strong critic of Saudi government, was murdered and dismembered at the consulate in Istanbul.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

Engage

  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.