How Saudis are getting away with Khashoggi murder

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Mattis never mentioned Saudi Arabia directly in connection with the October 2 slaying of Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

France and Germany's leaders said on Saturday they want a "coordinated" European position for restrictions on arms sales to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the French presidency.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who spoke after Mattis at the conference, accused media of "hysteria" and said they are rushing to judgment in the Khashoggi case. Al Jubeir also praised the current United States administration's Middle East strategy, especially when it comes to containing Iran.

"Our Secretary of State has already revoked visas and will be taking additional measures", Mattis said.

Cengiz said that she and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were calling for all involved parties to testify in order to finish the emotionally painful investigation "as soon as possible".

A written request for the extradition of the 18 suspects had been prepared by Istanbul's chief prosecutor.

Saudi Arabia's under mounting pressure to explain exactly what happened at its consulate in Istanbul when Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi - a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman - was murdered.

Mr Erdogan criticised initial Saudi statements that claimed the journalist had left the consulate unharmed after going there for paperwork related to his planned marriage to Ms Cengiz.

She added that Khashoggi's "voice and his ideas will reverberate, from Turkey to Saudi Arabia, and across the world". Trump has condemned Khashoggi's death since then, after initially saying that he believed the explanation offered by the Saudis, but has not gotten the United States involved in the ongoing Saudi investigation.

But the body of Khashoggi, who was once an insider in Saudi royal circles, remains missing.

The sale of weapons "has nothing to do with Mr. Khashoggi".

Saudi state television quoted the Saudi public prosecutor on Thursday as saying Riyadh was interrogating suspects on the basis of information given by a joint Saudi-Turkish task force.

Jubeir said ties between Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, and the United States are "ironclad" and praised what he described as the "rational, realistic" foreign policy of the current US administration.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, March 20, 2018, in Washington, DC.

However, he ultimately assumed he would not be arrested or harmed because he was in Turkey.

Palladino also said Pompeo attended a briefing on the former Washington Post writer's death by CIA Director Gina Haspel, following her return from Turkey.

"They had a very bad original concept, it was carried out poorly and the cover-up was the worst in the history of cover-ups", he told reporters last week. The Saudi-US citizen had been barred from leaving Saudi Arabia because of his father's criticism of the country's leadership, but this sanction was recently lifted.

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