US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken commented on reports that President Joe Biden’s administration issued an exemption to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to enter the United States, saying: We will follow the law.
In response to a question from Representative Tom Malinowski during a hearing in the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, yesterday, Wednesday, about whether the US administration has granted an exemption to Mohammed bin Salman, Blinken said: “First, we will follow the law. Second, as you know, for reasons of privacy, This is something that we cannot discuss in any detail here, and I am happy to follow. Third, I think it is fair to say that the crown prince has no plans to come to the United States. “
Under US law, foreign government officials who are believed to be implicated in serious human rights violations are ineligible to enter the United States, and a national interest waiver must be issued in order for them to enter.
The summary of the US intelligence report published by the Biden administration stated that bin Salman had approved the “operation to arrest or kill” Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Biden administration also did not identify the individuals who were subject to lockdown after the Khashoggi report, citing privacy restrictions.