Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Holyrood ditches Saudi deal over journalist death

Holyrood ditches Saudi deal over journalist death

But Saudi officials have refused to answer questions about what happened to Khashoggi's remains, fueling already widespread condemnation of the killing.

Saudi Arabia recently committed to investing $10 billion in South Africa.

Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get paperwork he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee. The surveillance footage captured the Saudi operative donning a fake beard and glasses upon exiting the consulate, which he was not wearing when he arrived hours earlier.

The foreign minister added that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - of whom Khashoggi has been highly critical - had not been aware of the killing. The journalist's disappearance and slaying have sparked an worldwide outcry as well as intense criticism of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler, tarnishing his image in the West as a reformer.

"The horrid story of Jamal Khashoggi has sent many activists into a state of shock", said Amani al-Ahmadi, a 27-year-old Saudi exile in Seattle.

The Turkish officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.

The Saudi statements did not acknowledge the ban.

Five Turkish employees of the consulate also gave testimonies to prosecutors, Turkish media reported.

Meanwhile, the national and worldwide press members continue to wait in front of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to receive further information about the killing of the Saudi journalist.

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Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser, declined to say Monday whether he believes Saudi Arabia's account that Jamal Khashoggi accidentally died after an altercation inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. "This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", Jubeir said on Fox.

A pro-government Turkish newspaper is reporting that a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage made four calls to the royal's office from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul the day Jamal Khashoggi was killed. "That is unacceptable to the government".

However, leading Republicans and Democrats in Congress are saying Saudi Arabia should face punishment over Khashoggi's killing. - President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a USA response.

Asked what she thought Britain and other European countries should do in response, she added: "There was a joint statement that the UK, France and Germany issued and I think this statement, for the time being, summarizes all the actions that everyone wants to see". Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Sunday that she supports a freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

At last 18 people have been detained and several officials have been fired in relation to Khashoggi's killing. Riyadh has been a key player in that war.

Saudi Arabia has always been an elephant in the room in discussions of ethics in British foreign policy and concern for human rights abuses overseas. "We feel their pain". "It would be very foolish of Saudi Arabia to forfeit the trust of the oil market earned over decades by injecting politics into their oil policy".

Jubeir called the killing of Khashoggi a awful mistake and offered condolences to his family.

"This incident will pass", al-Faleh forecast.

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