Khashoggi murder claims: Here’s what Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister says

Khashoggi murder claims: Here’s what Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister says

Khashoggi murder claims: Here’s what Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister says

The New York Times reported that according to its sources, described as "current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of intelligence reports", the prince's conversations were routinely intercepted by us intelligence agencies.

During the September 2017 conversation, Bin Salman reportedly discussed ways to coax Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia or how to bring him back forcefully.

In the audio, the Crown Prince allegedly said he wanted Khashoggi to return to the kingdom, and complained his work was hurting the leader's image as a reformer. Prince Salman's visit will be significant as Saudi Arabia is a major energy security provider for India.

The Turkish fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Friday that she hoped pressure from the US Congress would encourage the Trump administration to take a tougher stance on the killing.

Meanwhile, Turkey has slammed the "complete lack of transparency" from Saudi officials on the investigation, saying it's deeply concerning and detrimental to their credibility.

Earlier on Thursday, Callamard issued a statement through the United Nations office in Geneva, saying that Saudi Arabia had undermined Turkey's efforts to investigate Khashoggi's death, calling it a "premeditated killing" planned and carried out by Saudi officials.

In an interview with Turkey's state broadcaster on Sunday, Erdogan said both the crown prince and Saudi's Adel al-Jubeir had lied about the case and pressure from Turkey had led to Jubeir being removed from his post as foreign minister in December.

Senators had asked for the finding by Friday, with an eye to imposing new human rights sanctions on Saudi Arabia over the journalist's October 2 killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

'For anyone to think that they can dictate what we should do, what our leadership should do, is preposterous, ' Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Washington, where many U.S. lawmakers have stated they believe Prince Mohammed is responsible for Khashoggi's killing a year ago at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"We know that the crown prince did not order this".

Callamard also voiced her concerns over the legitimacy of legal proceedings in Saudi against 11 individuals facing the death penalty if found "guilty" of the journalist's murder.

The Wall Street Journal earlier had reported that the prince spoke with aides in 2017 about ways to get Khoshoggi to Saudi Arabia or, if that failed, to a third country.

Khashoggi was lured into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on the promise of being given documents that would help him remarry.

Riyadh, after denying the killing for two weeks, eventually described it as a "rogue" operation but denied any involvement by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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