Saudi king, crown prince send condolences to Khashoggi´s son

Karen Attiah is a Ghanaian American writer and Global Opinions editor for the Washington Post

Karen Attiah is a Ghanaian American writer and Global Opinions editor for the Washington Post

Saudi Arabia has provided a shifting account of what happened to Khashoggi.

The report did not say why Cengiz was given police protection.

Three European powers - Germany, Britain and France - pressed Riyadh to provide facts, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would not export arms to Saudi Arabia while uncertainty over Khashoggi's fate persisted.

"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority", he said.

On Saturday, the Spanish government issued a statement expressing "consternation" over Khashoggi's death.

"Would financial sanctions be considered sufficient as to have sent a message to Saudi Arabia that this will never happen again?"

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Fox News that Khashoggi's killing was "a rogue operation" and that "we don't know where the body is'". "Unfortunately, a huge and grave mistake was made and I assure them that those responsible will be held accountable for this".

Jubeir had extended condolences to Khashoggi's family earlier on Sunday.

"But if you have other countries to decline in addition to the full application of Iran sanctions, then we will be pulling all spare capacities", Falih said.

Saudi Arabia finally admitted Friday that its agents killed Khashoggi after he entered the consulate on October 2, but is denying that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or King Salman were involved. A Saudi source close to the royal palace later told CNN that The Washington Post journalist died in a chokehold.

A bipartisan group of USA lawmakers is accusing the crown prince of directing the operation.

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The incident has damaged the kingdom's image as a future investment hub, with global business leaders from Goldman Sachs Group Uber Technologies Inc. distancing themselves from Prince Mohammed and scrapping plans to attend his business forum this week.

"We will ultimately make our judgement [on sanctions] based on the credibility of the further explanation we receive about what happened and our confidence that such a shameful event can not and will not ever be repeated", they said.

"But Saudi Arabia is a very responsible country, for decades we used our oil policy as a responsible economic tool and isolated it from politics", Falih said.

Britain joined forces with France and Germany yesterday with a joint statement condemning the killing of journalists as unacceptable.

They stressed that more efforts are needed in order to establish the truth, and added that they reserve judgment until they receive further explanation.

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate by the Saudi agents and his body cut up.

Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan has announced he will "go into detail" about the Khashoggi investigation, including what authorities know about the 15-member "hit squad", in a special parliamentary address on Tuesday.

"We are looking for justice here and this will be revealed in all its naked truth, not through some ordinary steps but in all its naked truth", he told a rally in Istanbul on Sunday.

Turkish officials have said they believe that 15 Saudi men who arrived in Istanbul on two flights on October 2 were connected to Khashoggi's death.

This came in a telephone call made by the crown prince to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of late Jamal Khashoggi.

"I think the President is focused on what's good for America", Kushner said.

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