(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to withdraw from an upcoming investment conference in Saud Arabia following the disappearance and apparent gruesome murder of Virginia resident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi in that nation’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mnuchin — along with a number of American corporate leaders — is scheduled to speak at the Future Investment Initiative conference that will take place Oct. 23-25 in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Many of the event’s sponsors have already withdrawn their support.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“In the absence of credible information from Saudi Arabia’s government about the alleged gruesome murder of Virginia resident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, no American official or corporate leader should participate in the Riyadh conference. Our nation’s relations with other countries must be based on American principles and international norms, not on hoped-for financial benefits or individual alliances.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.