Pompeo Says There’s No ‘Direct Evidence’ Linking Prince to Khashoggi's Death

At G-20 And At Home, A Test For Saudi's Crown Prince: Can He Survive Khashoggi Fallout?

The Turkish leader stated that Ankara mobilised all efforts since the brutal killing of the Washington Post columnist inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The Saudi government media office, in a statement responding to an earlier Reuters story about Prince Mohammed being sidelined in the photo, said he was standing "in the same proximity to the center of the group" as in a similar photo at the G20 summit in China two years ago.

In more than 400 messages sent to an exiled Saudi activist in Canada, revealed by CNN, Khashoggi paints the Prince as someone who relentlessly preys on his critics, saying, "The more victims he eats, the more he wants".

The message Prince Mohammed probably took home from the G20 summit was that illiberal democratic, authoritarian and autocratic leaders were happy to do business with the kingdom and the crown prince despite persistent assertions that he ordered the killing.

The trip marked the highest-profile overseas junket for the crown prince since Khashoggi's murder.

The revelation comes a few days after the newspaper reported that the Central Intelligence Agency had concluded Prince Mohammed had likely personally ordered the killing.

Pompeo also said in the interview that the USA will continue to provide military support to the kingdom in the war in Yemen.

Leaders from the world's major economies met on the second day of the G20 Summit in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires on Saturday, having come together for talks on Friday to discuss development, infrastructure and investment.

Trump and western Europe's leaders appeared to play to public opinion but do nothing to threaten their relations with the kingdom.

He underlined that neither the Islamic world nor the worldwide community would be satisfied until the revealing of all those responsible for the killing.

Later, an Elysee Palace official said the president had conveyed a "very firm" message on the need for worldwide involvement in the Khashoggi investigation, now the subject of two separate probes by Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

What does Saudi Arabia say?

He described Saudi Arabia's response to the killing as "unbelievable". "Global public opinion will not be satisfied until all those responsible for his death are revealed".

"Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"

The crown prince told his close circle last August that if they failed to bring back Khashoggi "we could lure him outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements". Turkey handed it to the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom - all those who wanted.



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