No reason to question Saudi Arabia's investigation of Khashoggi's case

No reason to question Saudi Arabia's investigation of Khashoggi's case

No reason to question Saudi Arabia's investigation of Khashoggi's case

The top Saudi diplomat also dismissed Turkey's calls to extradite 18 suspects in Khashoggi's murder, stressing that they would be prosecuted in the kingdom.

"We will remain engaged in the fight against extremists as long as they present a clear and present danger to our security and allied interests", Mattis said.

Khashoggi had met the Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Khaled bin Salman, a brother of Prince Mohammed, on one of his visits to the embassy a few weeks before his death. "We know that a mistake was committed", al-Jubeir said Saturday.

"Above all the bad war in Yemen and the Qatar crisis should lead us to finally act in a united fashion as the European Union towards Saudi Arabia", Kneissl told Die Welt.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi "undermines regional stability" and the State Department will take action in response to the writer's death. And while Mattis said the failure of any nation to adhere to global norms and rule of law "undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most", he also stressed the strength of Saudi-US relations by saying "We maintain our strong people-to-people partnership knowing that with our respect must come transparency and trust as indicated by President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and European leaders alike".

But she said he felt Turkey was "a powerful country" and that Saudi Arabia would not dare to do anything against him on Turkish soil.

Saudi Arabia's under mounting pressure to explain exactly what happened at its consulate in Istanbul when Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi - a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman - was murdered.

President Donald Trump has hardened his stance on the matter in the past week, calling it the "worst cover-up in history", while at the same time emphasising Saudi Arabia's role as America's most important Arab ally and the value of U.S. arms sales to the country.

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But while he has said he wants to get the bottom of the case, he has highlighted the role the Saudis play in the fight against terrorism and as a major purchaser of USA arms.

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Muslim Iran, which was not represented in the Manama conference agenda, have always been locked in a proxy war, competing for regional supremacy from Iraq to Syria and Lebanon to Yemen.

German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Friday that differences between Berlin and Paris over the Saudi issue had prompted the French government to call into question a high-profile project developing a joint fighter jet. The next wave of US sanctions against Iran are due to come into effect on Nov 4.

The activist anxious over the number of people who might have been killed in similar circumstances by the Saudi authorities.

After India, Saudi Arabia was the second-biggest purchaser of French weapons between 2008 and 2017, with deals amounting to some 12 billion euros ($13.8 billion).

The Guards accused them of creating "plots and tensions".

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has urged the world to keep an open mind. Qatar denies the charges.

In his remarks, Mattis went through a long list of what he described as disruptive Iranian behavior - a message most Gulf allies will view positively since they share similar concerns about Iran's increasing influence in Syria and Iraq. He also served as editor for the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Watan, and most recently wrote for the Washington Post.

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