Saudi prince has 'blood on his hands' over Khashoggi - Erdogan adviser

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"It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups. He is holding his hand for a deal with Saudi Arabia", Jay said. Should have never been thought of.

President Trump then slammed the events following Khashoggi's death "the worst cover-up ever".

Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's fate, but last week said it had arrested 18 people and dismissed five officials after a preliminary investigation revealed he was killed in a fistfight at the consulate during a botched intelligence operation.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman smiled and took selfies with delegates during his 15-minute appearance on the opening day of the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), which is aiming to project the historically insular Gulf kingdom as a lucrative business destination.

The official said Kushner - like other members of the administration, including Trump - believes Saudi Arabia should suffer some sort of effect, but said Kushner also believes the U.S. -Saudi relationship "shouldn't be blown up" because of the Khashoggi matter. Because whoever thought of that idea, I think, is in big trouble.

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who has agreed to form a joint probe team with Saudi officials to investigate the murder, said he would not rest till the perpetrator of the gruesome crime, along "with its planner" is booked to justice.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest exporters of oil, has the Arab world's largest economy and is a key emerging market.

Saudi Arabia said it arrested suspects and that several top intelligence officials were fired over the killing, but critics alleged that the punishment was created to absolve Prince Mohammed of any responsibility.

For Saudi Arabia's allies, the burning question has been whether they believe that Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability in the killing, a possibility raised by several U.S. lawmakers. We don't know in terms of details how. But certainly, president Erdogan was not complimentary of what happened. On being asked whether he believes in the Crown Prince's defence, the American President he "really wants to".

Al-Sharif, who was jailed in Saudi Arabia after getting behind a wheel before the kingdom's ban on women driving was lifted this year, spoke Wednesday in Denmark where she was promoting her book "Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening".

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The implication of Erdogan's not naming MBS, many Middle East observers have said, is that the Turkish leader does have damning evidence against MBS, as consistently claimed by MIT agents.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman was also present, with photographers and a film crew, as the royals attempted to mend their image with publicised condolences to the grieving family.

The ultimate number is around USD450 billion.

He didn't specifically say why the area was scouted, but there have been suggestions that Khashoggi's body may have been disposed of there.

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