United States to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in Jamal Khashoggi killing

United States to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in Jamal Khashoggi killing

United States to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in Jamal Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers further went on record on state TV on Tuesday to outline that the kingdom had "indicated" its "keenness to hold accountable those who failed in their duties" in Khashoggi's death.

Turkish investigators allege that 15 Saudi agents murdered Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist who was living in exile in the United States, inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul soon after he entered it almost three weeks ago.

Saudi Arabia had maintained Jamal Khashoggi had left the Istanbul consulate, but on Saturday acknowledged he was killed there in a "fistfight". Look, Saudi Arabia has been a really great ally.

"The word from President Erdogan this morning that this brutal murder was premeditated, pre-planned days in advance, flies in the face of earlier assertions that had been made by the Saudi regime and again it underscores the determination of our administration to find out what happened here", Pence said.

Germany said Monday it would halt arms sales to Riyadh until the Khashoggi case is resolved and called on other countries to do the same.

The way Saudi Arabia has handled the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is the "worst cover-up ever", according to Donald Trump.

The comments come as the Liberal government is facing new pressure to cancel the deal amid worldwide outrage over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month.

Mr Trump spoke on Sunday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the son of Saudi King Salman.

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But U.S. officials have told NBC News that American intelligence agencies believe it's inconceivable that the crown prince had no connection to Khashoggi's death, although they lack "smoking gun" evidence of his involvement. Turkish officials have claimed that audio and video recordings show Saudi officials used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi's body, but Erdogan made no mention of any recordings of the killing. "I think we're going to know more and more".

The three-day event is meant to project Saudi Arabia as a lucrative business destination as it seeks to lessen its dependence on oil revenues and sets the stage for new ventures and multibillion-dollar contracts.

"And I am not satisfied with what I have heard".

"Saudi Arabia took an important step by accepting the murder".

Trump characterized Erdogan's remarks as "pretty rough", though he said "I haven't gotten a full recap". After weeks of denying knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, Riyadh admitted that he had been killed in the consulate, but offered conflicting accounts as to how he died.

On the day Mr Khashoggi arrived for his appointment and was later killed, the hard disk in the consulate's camera system was removed, Mr Erdogan said.

Erdogan is now calling on the Saudi royal family to allow Turkey to order the suspects involved in Khashoggi's death to stand trial in Istanbul.

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