Saudi named in report on Khashoggi murder becomes UAE envoy

Sergio Conner
February 11, 2019

Hatice Cengiz, Turkish fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, attends a news conference to present a book on Khashoggi, in Istanbul, Turkey February 8, 2019.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday denied Washington was "covering up" the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and promised further action.

President Donald Trump, rejecting his own intelligence officials' findings, has apparently chosen to believe MBS' claim that he played no role in the gruesome murder of Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi royal family who was killed after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

"I find it very unusual that members of Congress would try to curtail allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in trying to push back against terrorist organizations supported by Iran and Hezbollah", Jubeir told "Face the Nation", responding to Congressional efforts this week against the Kingdom. "It was committed by officials of the Saudi government acting outside their scope of authority".

"Seeing as the Trump administration has no intention of insisting on full accountability for Mr. Khashoggi's murderers, it is time for Congress to step in and impose real consequences to fundamentally re-examine our relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen", Mr. Menendez said in a statement.

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"There was no order given to conduct this operation", he said, describing the murder of the dissident as a "huge mistake".

"What I tell people is wait until the legal process plays out and then judge us", al-Jubeir told CBS.

A petrochemical complex would be built from Saudi Arabia's investment in Gwadar and a memorandum of understanding will be signed in this regard, the sources had said.

On Friday, The New York Times said the Central Intelligence Agency had intercepted communications of the crown prince telling a top aide in 2017 that he would go after Khashoggi "with a bullet" if the journalist did not return to Saudi Arabia.

Al-Jubeir claimed Saudi investigators still don't know the location of Khashoggi's body.

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