The street in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington will be renamed in honor of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was assassinated in Turkey by a commando team from his country, local officials have announced.
He said elected officials in the US capital on Tuesday voted in favor of a symbolic initiative in which a section of New Hampshire Avenue bordering the Saudi embassy and the Watergate Hotel would be renamed “Jamal-Khashoggi Road”.
Mr Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi power after being close to it, resident in the United States and columnist for the daily Washington Post, was assassinated by a team of state agents at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.
His mutilated body was never found. A US intelligence report accuses Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, says MBS “legitimate” the killing.
“Through his practice of journalism, Jamal Khashoggi was a fierce defender of democracy, human rights and the rule of law”, the Washington City Council noted. “Renaming the street in front of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in honor of Jamal Khashoggi, Washington building a memorial in his memory that cannot be erased or removed”, he adds.
The Saudi embassy has not commented on the decision, despite AFP’s request. The text must now be signed by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, and has not faced opposition in the US Congress, which is reviewing all of the capital’s new laws.
In 2018, Washington had already renamed a street near the Russian embassy in honor of Boris Nemtsov, a critic of Vladimir Putin who was shot dead in Moscow in 2015.
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