February 27, Kathmandu- Saudi government has denied a US intelligence report on the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry has accused US intelligence agencies of fabricating fake reports. This is a negative and fake report," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating "Similar, baseless allegations concerning Saudi officials have been made more than once. Earlier, a US intelligence report said that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman bin Mohammed had plotted to assassinate exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
A report released by the Biden administration on Friday states that the Saudi prince had agreed to assassinate him. The United States has blamed Saudi Arabia for killing Khashoggi for the first time.
"We believe that Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has approved an operation in Istanbul aimed at arresting or killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi," the report said.
Journalist Khashoggi was assassinated in October 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey and his body was mutilated.
The Saudi prince has denied any involvement in the incident. Khashoggi was considered a critic of the Saudi ruler.
Biden has said he wants to see a new beginning in relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Under President Trump, the United States and Saudi Arabia were close.