G20 leaders attend gala dinner with Saudi Crown Prince in attendance

G20 leaders attend gala dinner with Saudi Crown Prince in attendance

In an interview to CNN, Pompeo was asked if he could confidently tell Khashoggi's four children that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not involved in his murder, Pompeo said he had "read every piece of intelligence" in possession of the United States authorities and concluded "there's no direct evidence linking him to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

The two moments captured the dilemma facing world leaders at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires this weekend: How to deal with the crown prince, who is dogged by controversy over the murder of a Saudi journalist but is also de facto leader of a rich, oil-producing kingdom that is a major global investor.

Trudeau said he told the crown prince that he hoped Badawi, whose wife and children moved to Quebec as refugees and became Canadian citizens earlier this year, would be released from prison soon. "There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi", Al Jazeera quoted Pompeo as saying.

2018 in Buenos Aires. Ludovic Marin  AFP Getty images
2018 in Buenos Aires. Ludovic Marin AFP Getty images

"We have never seen this as a political issue", Erdogan said.

Trump has said it is vital to preserve the decades-old alliance with Saudi Arabia, as the kingdom is the top buyer of United States weapons and key oil supplier.

The Trump administration's reluctance to acknowledge reports from the justice community stands in contrast to calls for a U.S. response from lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who demanded action for Khashoggi's death, which he called "completely abhorrent to everything the United States holds dear and stands for".

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Prince Mohammed's presence at the worldwide summit has been contentious following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Canada has been outspoken on human rights in Saudi Arabia, which has retaliated by breaking off diplomatic relations and vowing to end trade.

"We have evidence that Saudi journalist Khashoggi was killed in 7.5 minutes, we shared that evidence with all countries who demanded", he said.

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Local officials in a Washington neighborhood have voted to rename a street outside Saudi Arabia's embassy in honor of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The president has said that the strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia and the benefit to the USA economy from Saudi arms purchases are too important to rupture over the killing of Khashoggi, which he has condemned.

President Donald Trump, who also has been briefed on the CIA's findings, has been equivocal in assigning blame to the crown prince, who works closely with the president's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner on Middle East issues.

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But Trudeau said his biggest concern was the situation in Yemen, where a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the midst of a long, destructive war between a Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

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