Saudis reject extraditions to Turkey over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Rejects Extradition of Suspects in Journalist Khashoggi's Killing

Jamal Khashoggi

The reason why the USA under President Donald Trump has become so close to Saudi Arabia is due to the friendship cultivated between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Jared Kushner, The New York Times said Saturday. It also identified the sounds of saw and cutting as the victim's body was dismembered. The murder has prompted worldwide outcry and calls for countries around the world to take a tougher stance on the Gulf state.

While the transcript provides no smoking gun directly tying Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the killing, it seems to echo Sen.

US President Donald Trump has refused to call out the Saudi leadership for its alleged involvement in the murder, despite US intelligence agencies reportedly presenting him with evidence of it.

Turkish officials have not said how they obtained the recording from inside the consulate.

Doha denies the charges, and has said the Saudi-led blockade was aimed at making Qatar a vassal state.

Kushner kept in touch with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with text messages and phone calls even after the White House chief of staff in 2017 sought to have National Security Council staffers oversee the interactions, the paper reported, citing former USA officials and people briefed by the Saudi royal court.

"I can't breathe", Khashoggi says, three times.

Turkey's National Intelligence Organisation chief Hakan Fidan held a closed-door meeting with CIA Director Gina Haspel and several U.S. Senators this week over Khashoggi's October 2 killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, reported Turkey's Haberturk.

Saudi-Turkish relations have been strained by the killing of Khashoggi.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia ruled out extraditing suspects in the Jamal Khashoggi case to Turkey late Sunday, the country's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner maintained informal contact with MBS and publicly defended him after the killing of Khashoggi, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing two former senior American officials and the two people briefed by the Saudis.

A separate bipartisan effort to approve new sanctions against Saudi officials involved in Khashoggi's killing and stop the transfer of weapons to the kingdom until it ceases hostilities in Yemen has also run into snags, as senators, knowing they nearly surely do not have enough time to pass the measure before next year, argue about whether it is worth fine-tuning it now. "Yet the same time I say it, it is very important for the stability of the world, for the region and for the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable", he added.

While Kushner continues to push that the USA must stand by bin Salman, it is unsure whether he can be the key to the Trump administration's Middle East strategy.

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