US to rename road in front of Saudi Embassy ‘Jamal Khashoggi Way’


Jamal Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the Saudi monarchy, was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul (File)

Washington:

The street in front of Saudi Arabia’s embassy will be called “Jamal Khashoggi Way” after Washington City Council voted to honor a Saudi journalist who was murdered by government agents.

Council voted unanimously Tuesday to symbolically designate the 700-foot (213-meter) section of New Hampshire Avenue that runs between the embassy and the Watergate compound for Khashoggi, a disgruntled journalist at the time of his murder. Was working for The Washington Post. Turkey.

“Through his journalism, Jamal Khashoggi was a strong supporter of democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” said a council report on the bill.

“By naming the street in front of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia after Jamal Khashoggi, the district is building a monument in his honor that cannot be covered up or suppressed,” it said.

Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the Saudi monarchy, was assassinated on October 2, 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and destroyed after traveling from the United States to file paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée had gone.

The killers were a team of men closely linked to the palace of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who have been accused by Western intelligence of authorizing the assassination.

The Saudi embassy did not respond to a request for comment on the move.

The council bill is expected to be signed by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and will not meet objection in the US Congress, which reviews all US capital city government laws.

In 2018, Washington named a street outside the Russian embassy in honor of prominent Vladimir Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in Moscow three years earlier.

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