King Salman, MBS call slain writer Khashoggi's son

Ivan Schwartz
October 22, 2018

The official said Saudi statements had changed because of "false information reported internally at the time".

"We have relatively limited spare capacities and we are using a significant part of them", he said. "Unfortunately, a huge and grave mistake was made and I assure them that those responsible will be held accountable for this".

"He extended his condolences to the family of the slain journalist".

USA congressional leaders said the Gulf kingdom should face severe consequences for Khashoggi's murder.

The online campaigns are part of what was described as "a broad effort" by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his close advisers to silence critics both inside Saudi Arabia and overseas.

Erdogan said he would explain the episode "in a very different way" when his ruling party meets, adding to the already intense global pressure Saudi leadership has faced to provide a full picture of how Khashoggi was killed.

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers is accusing the crown prince of directing the operation.

Trump said he planned to consult with Congress to devise a response.

"They told us that he left the consulate", Jubeir said. President Donald Trump also had talked about possible punishment but said he didn't want to halt proposed arms sales to Saudi Arabia because, he maintained, it would harm US manufacturers.

Jubeir said in a Fox News interview that Prince Mohammed knew nothing of any plan to kill Khashoggi and that the whereabouts of his body remained a mystery to Riyadh.

King Salman likewise called Khashoggi's son, Salah.

"First, we condemn this act in the strongest terms", the German leader said.

The UK, France and Germany said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia's version of Khashoggi's death needs to be supported by "facts" to be considered "credible".

On Friday Saudi Arabia admitted that the journalist died in a fight inside its consulate. Turkish officials and reports have suggested that a team of Saudi agents was sent to assassinate him.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced over the weekend that he will reveal the "naked truth" behind Khashoggi's killing on Tuesday.

A series of grabs from CCTV video obtained by Turkish broadcaster TRT World purportedly show journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, October 2.

That's according to statements published early Monday by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

That claim though met widespread scepticism. Speaking late Saturday after a campaign rally in Nevada, Trump said he needs to learn more about the killing and will be working with Congress on the USA response.

"I would cut off arms sales". The Saudis need us much more than we need them.

Tennessee Republican Bob Corker says that based on his briefings he believes the royal known as MBS was behind the killing of the Saudi critic.

Saudi Arabia's consulate is pictured from a skyscraper in Istanbul's Levent district, Turkey October 10, 2018.

He says of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally: "The Turks have been talking more to the media than they have us".

In a statement on Saturday, The Washington Post's publisher and chief executive, Fred Ryan, accused Saudi Arabia of repeatedly lying in the three weeks since Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi Arabia is ready to raise its output to 11 million barrels a day "in the near future" and has the ability to lift production as high as 12 million barrels a day if the market requires it, Al-Falih said.

"Khashoggi refused Prince Mohammed's offer out of fear he would be arrested and killed if he returned".

The statement, calling the journalist's death "tragic", says the two presidents had a telephone call on Sunday, without providing more details. He also insisted that Prince Mohammed, defacto ruler of Saudi Arabia, was not to blame.

One vehicle visited the Belgrad Forest, a large forest area on the outskirts of Istanbul, while the other vehicle went to the city of Yalova, an hour's drive from the consulate. "This is not an explanation; it is a cover-up", Mr. Ryan said.

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