A street in Washington has been renamed after the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It is part of New Hampshire Street where the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is located. This part is now called Jamal Khashoggi Road.
Washington unveiled its street sign on Wednesday. Several human rights activists were present. Khashoggi’s fiancée criticized in a letter US President Joe Biden’s intention to travel to Saudi Arabia and meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“Oil and opportunism overpower principles,” Hatice Cengiz said. According to the CIA, the crown prince learned of Khashoggi’s violent murder in Istanbul in 2018. The journalist’s body was cut to pieces. The case caused a lot of uproar in the world. Even bin Salman would have approved the assassination.
Activists have long wanted to name a street after Khashoggi. For years they have been hanging street signs in the name of the journalist in Washington. Last year, the city council decided to rename the street near the embassy.
Cengiz thinks it’s a nice gesture, but at the same time he warns Biden about bin Salman. She wants the president “at least to ask where Jamal’s body is.”
Biden has not yet commented on that. He has previously promised to treat Saudi Arabia and the crown prince as “outcasts”, but this intended visit appears to have prompted him to back off. Oil appears to be the main culprit. By pumping oil from the ground, Saudi Arabia can help curb rising energy prices.