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Saudi foreign minister says Khashoggi killing was 'huge and grave mistake'

Saudi foreign minister says Khashoggi killing was 'huge and grave mistake'

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Sunday defended his decision to attend an anti-terror summit in Saudi Arabia despite the global outrage over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death, saying the two countries must continue to maintain their ties.

The president's response to the Saudi accounts has likewise changed from day to day.

Saudi King Salman has also reportedly ordered the formation of a ministerial committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed, which will have one month to release a report on the facts of the case, according to state TV. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri. There's no way 15 people were sent from Saudi Arabia to Turkey to kill a dissident without the approval of the Crown Prince.

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.

Turkish police at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Thursday.

Al-Jubeir said Khashoggi was approached by "Saudi security team" when he entered the consulate on October 2 and their account of what happened after that differed from that of Turkish officials, which prompted the Saudis to investigate.

"To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement", Sen.

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The refocus on the consulate employees suggests that investigators are seeking to bolster a possible criminal case.

The disappearance of Khashoggi has provoked global criticism of Saudi Arabia's de-facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and convulsed the kingdom as it struggles to respond to increasing worldwide pressure to explain the journalist's fate. "We feel their pain".

The Saudi admission, which came amid increasing pressure on Riyadh, has done little to ease global demands for accountability. All of the identified individuals have since left Turkey.

"It took an intense global outcry sustained for two weeks to acknowledge the obvious - that Khashoggi is dead, that he was killed in the Saudi consulate", said Kristin Diwan of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump hailed as a "great first step" Friday Saudi Arabia's explanation for the fate of a missing Saudi journalist.

"[Such an admission] was predicted as the evidence was too strong to be denied", Manan said.

It also offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family.


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