The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is dropping the greater part of its $5 million pledge
to the MiSk Foundation, a Saudi philanthropy headed by Crown Prince Mohammed canister Salman.
The "present circumstance" had an influence in the Gates Foundation's choice, a representative revealed to The Wall Street Journal, alluding to the murdering of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Jamal Khashoggi’s abduction and murder is extremely troubling. We are observing current events with concern,” the foundation said in a statement.
Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, was killed on Oct. 2 inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The cutting of aid by Gates Foundation came amidst reports that Crown Prince Salman had disparaged Khashoggi as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, in talks with US officials, after the journalist’s murder.
Salman was reported to have described Khashoggi as a dangerous Islamist in a call with top Donald Trump administration officials, the Washington Post said.
The comments were made during a call with National Security Advisor John Bolton and the president’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner before Riyadh acknowledged it killed Khashoggi, the newspaper reported.