Saudi arrests over Jamal Khashoggi death 'a good first step'

Dem Rep Has 'Irresponsible' Theory: Jared Kushner Orchestrated Journalist's Death in Saudi Arabia Consulate

Judging by the worldwide reaction to Saudi Arabia's "explanation" for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom might as well have stuck to their original story. "We are not going to throw our hands in the air and terminate our relationship with Saudi Arabia, not just because of the huge number of British jobs that depend on it but also because if you exert influence over your partners you need to be able to talk to them", the minister said. He changed his tone once again late this week, raising the prospect of sanctions against Riyadh.

- President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a USA response.

"There are plenty of other things we can do", Trump said on October 19.

Trump emphasised Riyadh's importance in countering regional rival Iran and the importance for American jobs of massive U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

"We were never commissioned by any authority in Saudi Arabia to prepare a report of any kind or in any form to identify critics", McKinsey said.

"No, I am not satisfied until we find the answer", he told reporters.

The admission-after persistent claims by the Saudi authorities that Khashoggi had left the consulate alive-came following the threat of USA sanctions. "We feel their pain", Jubeir said in the interview. Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudis were arrested and several top intelligence officials were fired.

In the Saturday admission, Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb also announced a series of moves including against people linked to the crown prince, who Khashoggi had criticised in his writings.

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In a February 2018 column in The Washington Post, Khashoggi mentioned Qahtani as the chief promulgator of a Saudi "blacklist" for critics of the government, and suggested that Khashoggi was among those blacklisted.

"People fear them. You challenge them, you might end up in prison, and that has happened", he said.

Her comments build on an earlier response to Saudi Arabia's account that the journalist was killed during an altercation at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

The efforts to attack Khashoggi and other influential Saudis, and sway public opinion against them on the social media service, included a so-called troll farm based in Riyadh and a suspected spy within Twitter that the kingdom utilized to monitor user accounts, the New York Times reported.

The president said, "Saudi Arabia has been a great ally of ours".

While Corker said he does believe that Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, was "purposefully murdered" in a Saudi operation directed by the Crown Prince, he says he still wants to see a completed investigation. What is clear, though, is that Saudi Arabia's intelligence agencies appeared to bear the brunt of the fallout.

Trump said it was "possible" that the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not know about the killing.

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