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Targeting crown prince over Khashoggi 'a red line', says al-Jubeir

Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia was not involved in a fight between American Media and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos

Targeting crown prince over Khashoggi 'a red line', says al-Jubeir
Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was "not involved" in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and blaming him would be crossing "a red line," Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs said Friday.

"For anyone to think that they can dictate what we should do, what our leadership should do, is preposterous," Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Washington

"Our leadership is a red line," al-Jubeir added.

He also said Saudi Arabia was not involved in a fight between American Media and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, who claimed Thursday that the publisher of the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him with embarrassing photos.

“I doubt it. I doubt it. We don’t have any dealings with - as far as I know, flat no,” al-Jubeir said when asked whether the kingdom was involved in the spat.

 “It’s a soap opera. It’s a soap opera,” he said of Bezos’s blackmail claim.

Bezos has been embroiled in a fight with American Media since the company’s premier tabloid published text messages last month between the Amazon chief executive and Lauren Sanchez, exposing their relationship just after Bezos and his wife of 25 years announced plans to divorce.