Israeli mission in Saudi as Netanyahu asks United States to back MBS

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The journalist's body has still not been found, a month after his disappearance on 2 October, when he entered the consulate to obtain marriage papers, while his fiance, Hatice Cengiz waited outside.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made the allegation during a phone call with US President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and another official, the Washington Post reports.

The Washington Post reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told senior Trump administration officials that Khashoggi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and was risky, although later, in public, the crown prince described the killing as a "terrible mistake". "But in addition to that, we also recognize a long time, deep set of the strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Saudi Arabia initially claimed that he left the consulate building alive, before saying a team of spies killed Khashoggi, without the knowledge of MbS.

The Saudis have given a shifting account of what happened to Khashoggi on October 2.

"This is what is understood from the prosecutor's statement", said Aktay, who was close to the journalist.

Saudi Arabia has changed its account of what happened to Khashoggi.

Khashoggi's family rejected the characterization in a statement to the newspaper.

"Jamal Khashoggi's abduction and murder is extremely troubling".

US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino on Thursday called for Khashoggi's remains to be located and returned to his family for burial as soon as possible. He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years. The Saudi attorney general then acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder.

"Despite our well-intentioned efforts to reveal the truth, no concrete results have come out of those meetings", the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office said, adding that it was in this light that it had been "obliged" to share the details about how Khashoggi was strangled and his body "dismembered and destroyed", in accordance with plans made in advance. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also called on Riyadh to disclose the identity of an alleged local collaborator said to have been involved in disposing of Khashoggi's body.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia alongside the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar, which they accuse of supporting terrorism, including the Muslim Brotherhood group.

Mr Pompeo said the United States had "deep and long-term strategic relationships" with Saudi Arabia and said "we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

She described the "anguish" she experienced since his "brutal, barbaric and ruthless" death.

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