Al-Jubeir: Saudi crown prince ‘did not order Khashoggi killing’

Adel Al-Jubeir told US media that no order was given to conduct the Khashoggi killing. (AFP)
Updated 08 February 2019
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Al-Jubeir: Saudi crown prince ‘did not order Khashoggi killing’

  • Saudi Arabia late last year indicted 11 people for the killing at the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul
  • Minister says it was “preposterous” for other countries to think that they can dictate the handling of the case

WASHINGTON: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Friday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not order the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“We know that this was not an authorized operation. There was no order given to conduct this operation,” Al-Jubeir told members of the US media in Washington.

Al-Jubeir said he could not comment on a New York Times story on Thursday in which anonymous sources alleged the crown prince made a threat against Khashoggi in 2017.

Saudi Arabia late last year indicted 11 people for the killing at the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against five of them.

The minister said it was “preposterous” for other countries to think that they can dictate what the Saudi leadership should do in handling the case.

He said the Saudi judiciary is committed to holding those involved in the killing of Khashoggi to account.

Al-Jubeir said he hoped the US Congress would take a step back and await the results of the investigation into Khashoggi’s death.

The Trump administration has said there is no direct evidence of the crown prince’s  involvement, and has stressed the vital importance of relations between Washington and Riyadh.

Al-Jubeir met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington late on Thursday. During the meeting, they discussed the strategic partnership between the two countries as well as the latest regional developments.

Earlier, Al-Jubeir affirmed the Kingdom’s ongoing commitment to the objectives of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh in working together to combat terrorism and extremism.

“My country’s government will continue its fight against terrorism and its sponsoring countries, and pledges to support all international and regional efforts to eliminate terrorist organizations and the activities of destabilizing states in the region.”

The minister added: “We believe that our war against terrorism must include combating its funding and rhetoric that justifies violence and terrorism.”

 


King Salman sends cable of condolence to Sri Lanka president after terrorist attacks

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King Salman sends cable of condolence to Sri Lanka president after terrorist attacks

  • King Salman condemned the "despicable act of terrorism"
  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a cable to Sirisena

RIYADH: King Salman has sent a cable of condolence to the president of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena following the terrorist attacks in the country, which killed more than 200 people and injured more than 600 on Sunday.

“We are aware of the terrorist attacks that targeted your friendly country and the resulting deaths and injuries, and we strongly condemn this despicable act of terrorism,” the cable from the king said.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a cable to Sirisena, expressing his condolences and a speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks.

Seven suspects were arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on eight churches and hotels in the island nation.

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