Saudi crown prince says justice will prevail in ‘painful’ Khashoggi case

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At that point, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should hold a hearing on Saudi Arabia to consider evidence of official involvement in the Khashoggi murder, the systematic persecution of journalists in the kingdom, and possible responses, including sanctions, travel bans, prohibitions on arms sales, and other punitive measures.

The meeting came four days after the Saudi government first acknowledged that Khashoggi had died after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey Oct. 2.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the "savage murder" of the journalist was meticulously planned, and demanded that all those linked to the killing face punishment.

"This brutal murder of a journalist, of an innocent man or a dissent will not go without an American response" Pence said, adding that there probably would be an global response as well.

Throughout his address, the Turkish strongman confirmed numerous suspicions that the worldwide community has been raising since Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist, mysteriously disappeared.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a strong Trump ally, said earlier this month on Fox News that the US should "sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia" and that bin Salman should be ousted from power.

Khashoggi, 59, was a contributing opinion writer for The Post who was living in Virginia after leaving Saudi Arabia in fear of his safety.

A member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage on foreign trips was seen at the consulate before the Washington Post columnist's death.

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The PM-designate has repeatedly denied that he was "detained" in Saudi Arabia, stressing that what happened is "a page turned". "Prince Mohammed replied that he didn't", Trump said.

"Very simple. Bad deal".

"We see what partnership means when you have hard times", Pouyanne responded as he shared the stage with Falih.

"They are doing hundreds of billions of dollar's worth of investments". "I don't want to lose all of that investment that's being made in our country", he said. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the data shows Riyadh made up 18 percent of total US arms sales during 2013-2017 period.

Scottish National Party leader in Westminster Ian Blackford also called on May to take action against Saudi Arabia.

The two leaders also discussed the steps to be taken on the matter. The crown prince, who is known in diplomatic circles as "MBS", has drawn some praise in the West for his moves to modernize the kingdom and criticism for his government's arrests of rivals and critics. "The execution was terrible", President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday night. Falih heaped praise on the CEO of French energy giant Total, Patrick Pouyanne, for standing by Saudi Arabia in this hard period.

In order to be successful, any legal effort requires some level of cooperation from Saudi officials, which is why USA businesses must use whatever influence they have.