Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Saudi Prince Likely to Survive Worst Crisis Yet — AP Analysis

Saudi Prince Likely to Survive Worst Crisis Yet — AP Analysis

Worldwide outrage over Khashoggi's October 2 slaying at the hands of Saudi officials, under still-disputed circumstances, has marked the greatest crisis in the 33-year-old's rapid rise, already tarnished by a catastrophic war in Yemen and a sweeping roundup of Saudi businessmen and activists.

The report did not say why Cengiz was given police protection.

Three European powers - Germany, Britain and France - pressed Riyadh to provide facts, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would not export arms to Saudi Arabia while uncertainty over Khashoggi's fate persisted.

Asked if he believed that version of events, Mr Raab replied: "No, I don't think it's credible".

The foreign minister called Khashoggi's murder a bad mistake and offered condolences to his family.

Amid global condemnation of the incident, the Gulf state has explained that Khashoggi died in a fist fight in its consulate in Istanbul.

Merkel added that she would continue to consult worldwide partners about a coordinated reaction to the case.

The crown prince also condoled with Salah Jamal Khashoggi by phone, the SPA said.

"He extended his condolences to the family of the slain journalist". Al-Falih said there's no intention of repeating the 1973 oil embargo, in which the kingdom and several regional allies squeezed supplies to the USA and Europe in retaliation for their support for Israel.

Al-Jubeir denied Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud had ordered the killing.

The location of Khashoggi's remains has become a key part of the Turkish investigation. Slashing oil exports would drain revenues needed for Prince Mohammed's plans to diversify the economy, while a spike in oil prices could revive the US shale industry and lead other countries to boost production. The newspaper said the four calls went to Bader al-Asaker, the head of Prince Mohammed's office. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union", referring to the crown prince.

Trump said he planned to consult with Congress to devise a response. The deal "will allow us to intervene to rebalance the market in any appropriate time from January onward", he said.

Following a telephone conversation between Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Donald Trump, the U.S. president told reporters that the king had denied all knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance.

Reflecting worldwide scepticism over its account, a senior Saudi government official laid out a new version that contradicts previous explanations. But in an interview with The Post late Saturday, Trump conceded that there had been "deception".

King Salman likewise called Khashoggi's son, Salah. "They made a mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi".

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Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said in an interview with U.S. television channel Fox on the same day that Prince Mohammed had no knowledge of Khashoggi's death.

Saudi Arabia says it does not know the body's whereabouts, with anonymous officials saying it was rolled into a carpet and given to a "local collaborator" to be disposed of, a claim dismissed by Turkish sources. The kingdom acknowledged Khashoggi's death on Saturday, saying he was killed in a "fistfight".

The changing Saudi narrative has not mollifed even supporters of the monarchy.

The prosecutor last week heard from 15 consulate employees, who were taken as "witnesses", according to the Anadolu Agency news service in a report on Friday.

A leading US Senate Republican said the Saudi explanation wasn't credible.

Talking to "Fox News Sunday", he added that Mohammad bin Salman should be replaced and the USA should re-consider its arms sales to the kingdom not just because Khashoggi's killing but also over the war in Yemen.

"I would cut off arms sales".

"The Saudis have been very helpful by accelerating oil production, especially as sanctions on Iran ramp up", said Kristin Diwan, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

The Saudi authorities at first denied the death of the regime-critical journalist.

Surveillance footage allegedly provided by Turkish authorities to CNN purports to show Khashoggi's lookalike, named as Mustaka al-Madani, leaving the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul via the rear entrance, wearing the journalist's own clothes that he wore on October 2.

As of now, 18 Saudi suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the incident and two senior Saudi officials fired.

This, it added, led to Khashoggi's death.

The EU said the continuing investigation should bring "proper clarity on the circumstances of the killing and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible for it".

Speaking late Saturday Trump said he needs to learn more about the killing and will be working with Congress on the U.S. response.

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