US House panel to probe Trump's Saudi ties

US House panel to probe Trump's Saudi ties

The Washington Post recently reported that US Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that the Saudi crown prince, sometimes known as MBS, ordered the freakish October assassination and butchering of Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump has dismissed the CIA's assessment that Khashoggi's slaying was ordered directly by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler.

In an interview with CNN Turk, Mr Cavusoglu said: "Trump's statements amount to him saying "I'll turn a blind eye no matter what".

"This is not the right approach".

"The other thing about Saudi Arabia, they're putting up tremendous amounts of money to fight terrorism".

Trump on Tuesday glossed over the CIA's reported conclusion that the the crown prince had authorised the killing. Trump said, implying Prince Mohammed's culpability in Khashoggi's killing in the diplomatic compound. "Nobody's concluded. I don't know if anybody's going to be able to conclude that the Crown Prince did it", Trump said.

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The 59-year-old had gone there for documents he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

The kingdom has so far dug in its heels with King Salman relying on concepts of prestige and honour as well as patronage to signal full support for his son while Prince Mohammed appears to be trying to show that Saudi Arabia is not wholly dependent on the United States.

Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile in the USA, was critical of the crown prince in his columns for the Washington Post.

The killing and Riyadh's explanations have angered its Western partners.

"We found the US President's statement about MBS's involvement where he said 'Maybe he did, maybe he didn't, ' interesting". "It's about separating a relationship with Saudi Arabia from our relationship with this incredibly volatile unsafe and unpredictable young man who is campaigning to be the ruler of the country for the next 50 years".

But Denmark on Thursday followed suit, freezing all sales of weapons and military equipment to Riyadh.

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"This is not about blowing up the relationship, it's about sanctioning an individual", he said. "Do we want them to start being murdered in Washington, New York, Paris and London?"

Turkey insists the murder was premeditated, sharing evidence with Riyadh as well as with the United States and Western allies but stops short of pointing the finger of blame at the prince.

"And we will not tolerate any discussion of anything that is disparaging towards our monarch or our crown prince".

"There could be" a meeting, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.

The two men spoke on the phone in late October but that would be the first face-to-face encounter since the murder. As for whether the prince knew about his killing, Trump wrote, "Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"

The prince is also set to travel to the Tunisian capital on Tuesday.

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