Pompeo says no hard evidence Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi killing


Earlier this month, USA officials revealed the Central Intelligence Agency believes the Crown Prince ordered Mr. Khashoggi's killing - contradicting Riyadh's claim that he was not involved in the murder.

"The murder of Mr Khashoggi is a crime of extreme gravity, which moreover goes against freedom of the press and the most fundamental rights", the French foreign ministry said in a statement at the time.

They come after allies France, Germany and the United States imposed similar sanctions on these individuals.

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"I've always been very clear about the issue of Saudi Arabia and I will inevitably have the opportunity to discuss it with the Saudi crown prince on the sidelines of the G20", Macron told a news conference on Thursday alongside his Argentine counterpart.

"We also have a crown prince who is out of control, a blockade in Qatar, the arrest of a prime minister in Lebanon, the killing of a journalist... and whether there's a smoking gun", Corker said, "I don't think there's anybody in the room who doesn't believe he was responsible for it".

According to reports, USA intelligence officials have concluded that Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's murder. "Those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's murder must be held to account and must face justice", Freeland added. "And in terms of our review of our own arms exports to Saudi Arabia", she said. The move comes amid a months-long simmering diplomatic fight between Canada and Saudi Arabia, which predated Khashoggi's death but has led to other sanctions.

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The vote on Wednesday was a rebuke not only to Saudi Arabia but also to Trump's administration, which has made clear it does not want to torpedo the long-standing US relationship with Riyadh over the killing.

US intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has equivocated over who was to blame.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted against moving ahead with the resolution but said a day earlier that "some kind of response" was needed from the United States for the Saudis' role in Khashoggi's death. Pompeo also published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, which said, in part, that "t$3 he Trump administration's effort to rebuild the U.S. -Saudi Arabia partnership isn't popular in the salons of Washington", but that "t$3 he kingdom is a powerful force for stability in the Middle East". In terms of our work to seek an investigation which is credible and transparent for the sake of the world.

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