Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder A 'Mistake'

Books dedicated to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are displayed during a presentation in Istanbul on Feb 8 2019

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder A 'Mistake'

"The Trump administration has blatantly turned a blind eye to this crime, and is now refusing to provide a required report about who is responsible for his murder, despite the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered Khashoggi's killing", Kaine said in a statement Sunday.

"Congress doesn't have to wait for the president to fulfill his duty", Mr. Murphy said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Personal amenities of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have reached Islamabad, ahead of his two-day trip to Pakistan during which investment deals worth billions of dollars are expected to be signed between the two decades-old allies, according to a media report on Monday.

"Seeing as the Trump administration has no intention of insisting on full accountability for Mr. Khashoggi's murderers, it is time for Congress to step in and impose real consequences to fundamentally re-examine our relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen", Mr. Menendez said in a statement. Lawmakers, including Menendez and Sen.

After initially denying his death, Saudi Arabia has confirmed that its agents killed Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi government. He said imposing sanctions now would be "putting the cart before the horse".

Adel al-Jubeir, the country's minister of state for foreign affairs, continued to claim Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) had no involvement in the October slaying of Khashoggi, despite the CIA's determination that he was behind it.

"I wish Congress would take a step back", he said.

But Saudi Arabia has a long history of detaining and murdering dissidents. His body has not been recovered.

The act required the president to report back by February 8 to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on whether the crown prince was responsible. "We have a number of possibilities, and we're asking what [the alleged murderers] did with the body, and I think this investigation is ongoing".

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