Saudi prince likely to survive worst crisis yet

Saudi prince likely to survive worst crisis yet

Saudi prince likely to survive worst crisis yet

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Global outrage over Khashoggi's October 2 slaying at the hands of Saudi officials, under still-disputed circumstances, has marked the greatest crisis in the 33-year-old's rapid rise, already tarnished by a catastrophic war in Yemen and a sweeping roundup of Saudi businessmen and activists.

The King of Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince sent their condolences to a son of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who died at his country's consulate in Istanbul, Saudi state media reported.

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate by the Saudi agents and his body cut up. "Their stories are all over the place", added Trump.

Saudi Arabia faced a growing chorus of incredulity on Sunday, with world powers including Britain and France demanding answers and some American politicians calling for tough, concerted action to punish the Saudi royal family if it were proven to be responsible.

For Saudi Arabia's allies - particularly in the West - the question will be whether they believe that the prince, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

Mr Trump emphasised the importance of the US-Saudi relationship to Washington's regional strategic goals. But critics believe the complex scheme that led to Khashoggi's death could not have occurred without the knowledge of Mohammed bin Salman, the country's powerful 33-year-old crown prince.

But even if the Saudis keep Trump on their side, they could face a reckoning from the US Congress, where Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed outrage over the killing. "I mean that in a positive way".


"Nobody has told me he's responsible". We haven't reached that point.

"The Kentucky Republican said that there's growing support in Congress to stop selling American arms to the Saudis, even though President Donald Trump says he doesn't want to jeopardize USA defense company jobs". "There is a possibility he found out about it afterward".

"It could be something in the building went badly awry".

Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia have been tense in recent months.

Turkish police have named 15 men, including several of Prince Mohammed's personal employees and an Australia-trained, bone-saw wielding Saudi pathologist, who allegedly made up a "hit squad" to kill Khashoggi. There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover it up.

The joint statement stressed that the Saudis' explanation must be backed by facts.

"We thus stress that more efforts are needed and expected towards establishing the truth in a comprehensive, transparent and credible manner", they added.

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