Saudi Arabia says to hold to account all those behind Khashoggi killing

Saudi king, crown prince meet with Khashoggi family members to offer condolences
Saudi Arabia says to hold to account all those behind Khashoggi killing
Saudi Arabia's cabinet on Tuesday said it would hold accountable all those behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi "no matter who they may be".
By AFP
Tue 23 Oct 2018 04:53 PM

Saudi Arabia's cabinet on Tuesday said it would hold accountable all those behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi "no matter who they may be".

"Measures have been taken by the kingdom to uncover the truth and hold accountable all those whose incompetence or immediate responsibility" was behind the killing "no matter who they may be," read a cabinet statement published by the state-run SPA news agency.

State media also said that Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with family members of Khashoggi in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The Saudi rulers met with Khashoggi's son Salah and brother Sahel at the royal palace, SPA reported.

The report said King Salman and Prince Mohammed offered their condolences to the family of the Saudi journalist.

Khashoggi - a Washington Post contributor - was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Earlier on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the killing of a critic like Khashoggi is something that must "never happen again" as he pledged a "thorough and complete" investigation into the journalist's death.

"I express the commitment [of the government]...to see to it that the investigation is thorough and complete and that the truth is revealed and those responsible will be held to account," he told reporters after meeting with his Indonesian counterpart in Jakarta.

"And that mechanism and procedures are put in place to ensure that something like this can never happen again."

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held closed-door talks in Riyadh with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday.

The official Saudi Press Agency said they stressed "the importance of the Saudi-US strategic partnership" in a meeting on the eve of a key investment conference in Riyadh.

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