Ahead of US President Joe Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia, a street in Washington DC outside the Saudi Embassy has been renamed “Jamal Khashoggi Way”, in honor of the Saudi dissident activist and journalist killed in 2018.
Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent journalist, was killed, dismembered and eliminated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. US intelligence says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing, though he denies it. . Biden had even called Saudi Arabia a “pariah” over the murder.
On Wednesday, the new sign was unveiled just after 1:14 p.m. ET, when Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate.
The street will serve as “a constant reminder, a memorial to the memory of Jamal Khashoggi that cannot be concealed,” said Phil Mendelson, chairman of the District of Columbia council who voted unanimously to rename the stretch of New Hampshire Avenue. , reports AFP.
According to the AP news agency, the name change is ceremonial as indicated by the brown traffic sign instead of the usual green. This will not affect the mailing address of the Embassy. But the sign will remain indefinitely.
Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, who was unable to attend the ceremony, released a statement which was read aloud during the street naming event.
She called on Biden to answer for his hypocrisy and demand answers regarding the whereabouts of her fiancé’s body.
The statement read: “Today, on this happy but very solemn occasion, I have two messages. My first message is for Jamal. Dear Jamal, the ideas and values for which you lost your life have been celebrated around the world and continue to spread across the region and around the world.
“My second message is to President Joe Biden. Mr. Biden, you will soon visit Saudi Arabia as President, where you will meet the heartless executioner of Jamal, disgracing you and Jamal…Mr. President, I please do not lose your moral authority or ignore this heinous crime.You must respect your vow to bring all perpetrators of this brutal crime to justice.
(With agency contributions)
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