Saudi crown prince told US Khashoggi was a unsafe Islamist

The crown prince reportedly disparaged the journalist days after he disappeared

The crown prince reportedly disparaged the journalist days after he disappeared

The Saudi crown prince accused of having a hand in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi reportedly told White House representatives the Washington Post journalist was a Muslim extremist. Imagine what would happen if Saudi Arabia were destabilized.

His body has not yet been found, but Turkey, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have all agreed that he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

Khashoggi's family rejected the characterization in a statement to the newspaper. Writing for The Washington Post, he became a prominent critic of the family, particularly bin Salman.

Some officials at the State Department however said they are considering a range of disciplinary measures, including a demand to end the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar or wind down the war in Yemen.

Although their USA visas have been revoked, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it would be a "handful more weeks" before the U.S. knew enough to impose sanctions on individuals involved in Khashoggi's killing.

"Jamal Khashoggi was not a unsafe person in any way possible".

The kingdom has faced intensifying global pressure to be transparent about the death of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who was a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years", the statement said.

Fidan, the Istanbul prosecutor, on Wednesday said that Khashoggi was strangled shortly after entering the consulate and that his body was dismembered afterward.

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Turkey complies with any "foreign interventions" on its major issues, the main opposition party leader said, suggesting that Ankara allowed the murderers of the Saudi journalist to leave Turkey after a phone call between Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkey's justice minister has meanwhile renewed a call for Saudi Arabia to cooperate in the investigation into the killing, saying "no one can escape responsibility". Riyadh initially denied any role in his disappearance, but under pressure from Turkish authorities it eventually identified 18 suspects in the case.

"Officials cautioned that no decision has been made, and Trump has expressed little desire to significantly alter US-Saudi relations, but there is an interest in a full vetting of the potential options", the Post said.

But analysts say the relationship between Saudi Arabia - which has at times tolerated and abetted the loosely defined political movement - and the group is more nuanced.

She also said she held out hope that her fiancee was alive until Saudi officials admitted he had been killed.

Earlier, the United States called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting rebels supported by its arch-enemy Iran.

"We must all send a clear message that authoritarian regimes can not kill journalists ever again".

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