The street in front of Saudi Arabia's embassy in Washington has been renamed for Jamal Khashoggi, as activists vowed never to forget the slain journalist, despite President Joe Biden's planned visit the region.

The capital's local government changed signs on one block in front of the imposing embassy to read "Jamal Khashoggi Way" in honor of the Saudi dissident, who was strangled to death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

The street will serve as "a constant reminder, a memorial to Jamal Khashoggi's memory that cannot be covered up," said Phil Mendelson, president of the District of Columbia Council that voted unanimously to rename the stretch of New Hampshire Avenue which also lies along the storied Watergate building.

The previously scheduled dedication came one day after the White House announced that Mr Biden will travel next month to Saudi Arabia and meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Mr Biden had previously pledged to give pariah status to Saudi Arabia over rights concerns including the murder of Mr Khashoggi, who had written critically about the powerful prince in The Washington Post.