Mariah Carey dismisses calls to cancel concert in Saudi Arabia
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Mariah Carey will perform as planned in Saudi Arabia today despite calls from activists for her to boycott the country over the Saudi government's alleged role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.

“As the first female international artist to perform in Saudi Arabia, Mariah recognizes the cultural significance of this event and will continue to support global efforts towards equality for all,” a representative for the Grammy-winning singer told The Associated Press.

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When “presented with the offer to perform for an international and mixed gender audience in Saudi Arabia, Mariah accepted the opportunity as a positive step towards the dissolution of gender segregation," they added.

Carey had faced calls on social media and from Saudi human rights activists to delay or cancel her concert, which comes just months after the Saudi government was accused of organizing Khashoggi's murder at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

The U.S. and other western countries have sharply criticized the Saudi government over the incident, which has led to a degradation of relations between Riyadh and the west.

Saudi officials have denied that they were involved in Khashoggi's killing, though the country's government has offered several differing explanations for the columnist's death.

"I hate the crime and I hate what is done and I hate the cover-up. And I will tell you this, the crown prince hates it more than I do," President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE told reporters of the situation last year after a call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.