Saudi foreign minister says Khashoggi claims not aimed at crown prince

However, with The New York Times reporting that the Central Intelligence Agency has definitively concluded that Prince Mohammed was involved, the focus turned to whether Trump would punish his Saudi partner or find a way to let it slide.

Footage of Khashoggi entering the Saudi Arabian Consulate building in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancée is the last known visual record of the journalist alive.

Jubeir added that Riyadh had reached out to Ankara to hand over its evidence in the Khashoggi case to the Saudi public prosecution.

The United States has refrained from blaming the crown prince for the murder.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.

There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.

Saudi prosecutors said last week that the crown prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, knew nothing of the operation, in which Khashoggi's body was dismembered, removed from the building and handed over to an unidentified "local cooperator".

He said the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of the United States.

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He also stressed that Saudi Arabia, a major oil producer, was an important business partner and a "great ally" in the fight against Iranian power in the Middle East.

Kinzinger said that those urging Trump to realign the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia aren't "thinking strategically on foreign policy to say the least". "America First!" he wrote.

The bans bind all members of the European Union's passport-free Schengen zone, suggesting Germany is willing to use its influence as the EU's largest country to push for a tougher line.

Trump said Tuesday that he was still open to sanctions that could be imposed by Congress in the lame duck session but would only support them if they were in the United States' national security interests.

President Donald Trump said on November 17 that his administration will get a report in the next two days about Khashoggi's death.

The US President told Fox News Sunday he would not listen to the recording "because it's a suffering tape, it's a bad tape".

The US intelligence assessment has directly contradicted the conclusions of a Saudi prosecutor that exonerated the prince of involvement in the brutal murder.

German daily Die Welt reported that all exports of arms would be stopped, including deals that have already been finalized.

  • Joey Payne