Erdogan takes Saudi prince to task, demands extraditions

Erdogan takes Saudi prince to task, demands extraditions

In an interview to CNN, Pompeo was asked if he could confidently tell Khashoggi's four children that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not involved in his murder, Pompeo said he had "read every piece of intelligence" in possession of the U.S. authorities and concluded "there's no direct evidence linking him to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

G20 leaders pose for a family photo during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed on Saturday that the United States would continue supporting Saudi Arabia's military campaign in Yemen, despite rising outrage over the kingdom.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was warmly received and was seen later on enjoying the cultural event with heads of G20 and more than 1,000 elite personalities from Argentinian society.

Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey's insistence on finding the truth behind the recent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was not aimed at damaging the Saudi royal family. "We certainly need to continue to explore. all aspects of the murder and find anyone who was involved, but that should not in any way dissuade us from basically confronting Iran", which the Trump administration views as its major adversary in the Middle East and one that Saudi Arabia is essential to confronting.

The Trump administration's reluctance to acknowledge reports from the justice community stands in contrast to calls for a USA response from lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who demanded action for Khashoggi's death, which he called "completely abhorrent to everything the United States holds dear and stands for".

Trump has said it may never be known if Prince Mohammed ordered the killing or not.

"To me, we've got a relationship with a country that's a semi-important country and a semi-important ally".

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has defended U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia, "exchanged pleasantries" with the crown prince, the White House said.

The US intelligence community also has intercepts of communications before Khashoggi was killed that show Mohammed had ordered an operation to lure him back to Saudi Arabia.

Jamal Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Earlier this month, the United States imposed its own sanctions on Saudi officials for the same reason.

Trudeau said he also brought up the need for better answers on the killing of journalist Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ongoing imprisonment of Raif Badawi, as well as the need for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Yemen. Trump issued a statement that included defence of the kingdom as a "great ally" and refusal to assign blame to the prince, saying "maybe he did and maybe he didn't" order the killing.

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