In the midst of a murder probe, Khashoggi's son meets crown prince

27 October, 2018, 03:42 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Khashoggi affair ‘won’t drive wedge’ btwn Saudi Turkey

In addition to the recall, Petricek demanded a "transparent investigation" into Khashoggi's tragic death, adding that he now expected a debate among fellow European Union member states on what restrictions could be placed on Saudi Arabia, including a block on the export of military materials.

"They (Saudis) do such a crime with a reliance on a superpower which supports them and does not let the worldwide courts decide on any measures against them", he added.

A joint Turkish-Saudi team searched the residence of the consul general as well as the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week, as part of investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"With the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, it's time for the United States to halt all weapons sales and military aid to Saudi Arabia", said Representative James McGovern, who originally sponsored the bill.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Oct 24, 2018. "It was a repulsive incident, and no one can justify it", Prince Mohammed said. The U.S. has always been Saudi Arabia's most important partner and Trump has made the kingdom the centerpiece of his efforts to isolate Iran.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the person who ordered the death of the prominent Saudi journalist must "be brought to account".

Saudi authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the remarks by Trump and the Erdogan adviser.

Trump said he wanted to believe Prince Mohammed when he said that lower level officials were to blame for the killing at the Saudi mission. On Tuesday, Trump told reporters that Saudi authorities had staged the "worst cover-up ever" of the crime, and suggested to the Wall Street Journal that the crown prince may be responsible. "He's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him".

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The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of the Saudi crown prince, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The prince joked about Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's detention in the kingdom previous year, saying he was free to leave after attending the global investment conference in Riyadh.

Hariri, sitting beside the crown prince, even took part in the humour as the audience laughed.

"Prime Minister Saad is staying in the kingdom for two days so I hope you don't spread rumors that he was kidnapped", Prince Mohammed, who is also known as MbS, said.

The Saudi central bank governor tried to reassure foreign banks that withdrew from the conference that they would not be penalized and may apply for licenses to operate in the country, the Middle East's largest economy.

While many in the Western political establishment have expressed shock that Saudi Arabia would target one of its journalists, the prospect of imposing economic sanctions or cancelling multi-million arms deals has been mixed.

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