Jamal Khashoggi death: Trump 'not satisfied' with Saudi account

Jamal Khashoggi death: Trump 'not satisfied' with Saudi account

Jamal Khashoggi death: Trump 'not satisfied' with Saudi account

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a "rogue operation" and an "aberration".

Jubeir insisted, however, that the operation was not ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite reports tying some suspects to members of the de facto ruler's security detail.

"I think we're getting close to solving a very big problem", Trump said.

"I have no reason to believe that they are not going to honor those commitments", said Mnuchin, who will meet Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih while in Riyadh.

The incident caused an outcry in Turkey as well as many Western countries.

That version differs from the account of Saudi Arabia, which said early Saturday that the writer died in a "fistfight".

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has said 18 persons have been arrested and an in-depth investigation into the case is being conducted. "We don't know where the body is", Mr Jubeir said.

Jubeir once again stressed that the crown prince was "not aware" of Khashoggi's killing, which he dubbed a "tremendous mistake".




For Saudi Arabia's allies - particularly in the West - the question will be whether they believe that the prince, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

His comment came when asked about his previous statement that he would be considering severe consequences for Saudi Arabia following the journalist's death.

"We reiterate our call for a thorough investigation, in full collaboration with the Turkish authorities, and a full and rigorous accounting of the circumstances surrounding Mr Khashoggi's death", Freeland said.

After calling the Saudi explanation of events "insulting" to anyone with an "intelligent background", and saying that it "stretches credulity", and there's "no way" it's what happened, when confronted with Trump calling their account credible, Paul became elusive.

In it he said: "Our leaders see themselves as leaders who know best, and people like me.are just hindering the process for their reform".

"I can only say that I think many of us looking at this situation think this couldn't happen in an authoritarian government without the Crown Prince being involved".

Pro-government media in Turkey have reported a different narrative, saying a Saudi hit squad of 15 people travelled to Turkey to kill the columnist for The Washington Post before leaving the country hours later in private jets.

A number of USA lawmakers, including a Republican highly critical of the Saudis, Senator Lindsey Graham, said they were sceptical about the report on the journalist's death. They said the "hypotheses" proposed so far in the Saudi investigation need to be backed by facts to be considered credible. "We don't know where the body is", Jubeir said, adding that the Saudi public prosecutor had put out orders to detain 18 individuals, "the first step in a long journey". While he denounced their factitious stories about Khahoggi's death, he still praised the Crown Prince.

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