Prince Khalid bin Salman: I never told Khashoggi to travel to Turkey

Saudi ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman
Updated 17 November 2018
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Prince Khalid bin Salman: I never told Khashoggi to travel to Turkey

  • ‘The last contact I had with Mr. Khashoggi was via text on Oct 26 2017’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, has said he did not tell Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to go to Turkey, and has requested the US government release information related to the claim, which was made by a US newspaper.
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi.
The article goes on to suggest also that Prince Khalid told Khashoggi to go to Turkey, which the Saudi ambassador denies.
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said in a tweet early Saturday morning.

“As we told the Washington Post the last contact I had with Mr. Khashoggi was via text on Oct 26 2017.”
Prince Khalid said that it was unfortunate that the Washington Post failed to publish the full Saudi response. “This is a serious accusation and should not be left to anonymous sources,” said the envoy, and provided a copy of the statement.

 

However, it has been reported that the spy agency’s assessment isn’t based on “smoking gun” evidence of the crown prince’s involvement, but rather “an understanding of how Saudi Arabia works.”
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington said in a statement on Friday: “The claims in this purported assessment are false. We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations.”
The victim - Jamal Khashoggi - was a writer for the Washington Post


Azerbaijan’s president receives Saudi justice minister

Updated 9 min 50 sec ago
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Azerbaijan’s president receives Saudi justice minister

BAKU: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Friday met with Saudi Minister of Justice Dr. Walid Al-Samaani in the capital city of Baku.

Aliyev welcomed Al-Samaani and his accompanying delegation, stressing that Azerbaijan looked forward to developing relations with the Kingdom at various levels for the benefit of both countries.

Al-Samaani, who is also president of the Supreme Judicial Council, conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman noting the strong bonds between the nations and the mutual keenness of the two leaderships to develop joint cooperation in a range of fields.

On Tuesday, Al-Samaani held talks with the prime minister of Azerbaijan, Novruz Mammadov, in Riyadh, and they discussed ways to enhance bilateral ties relating to the judiciary.

The justice minister said the two countries were keen on developing relations and boosting cooperation in the judicial field within the framework of the memorandum of understanding and programs signed between them.

He added that the Saudi Ministry of Justice had developed a special strategy to strengthen international partnerships with friendly countries and pointed out that his ministry wanted to share experiences, technology and training procedures with its counterparts in other states.