Saudi crown prince says he ‘loves’ working with Trump

Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim al-Issa Secretary General of the Muslim World League speaks at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in May 2018

Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim al-Issa Secretary General of the Muslim World League speaks at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in May 2018

A prominent Saudi journalist and critic of the regime was murdered at the country's consulate in Istanbul last week by a 15-member team sent specifically for the objective, Turkish officials claimed yesterday.

The Washington Post's editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said in a statement: "If the reports of Jamal's murder are true, it is a monstrous and unfathomable act".

Turkish police say they believe missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", Turkish official, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

The police said that around 15 Saudis, including officials, arrived in Istanbul on two flights on Tuesday and were at the consulate at the same time as the journalist.

Holding a picture of missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, Tawakkol Karman, of Yemen the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2011, talks to members of the media near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

"There's no room for people like me", Mr. Khashoggi said.

He claimed that Khashoggi had left the building not long after he entered earlier this week, alleging, "If he's in Saudi Arabia, I would know that".

Khashoggi first visited the consulate on September 28 to obtain a document related to his upcoming wedding, according to his fiancee and friends.

NEW YORK: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has brushed aside US President Donald Trump's rhetoric that the oil-rich kingdom's leadership might not last "two weeks" without American military support, saying his country existed decades before the US.

The former government adviser, who turns 60 on October 13, has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since a year ago to avoid possible arrest.

On Saturday, Yasin Aktay, Erdogan's AK Party adviser and a friend of Khashoggi, told Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera: "We demand a convincing clarification from Saudi Arabia, and what the crown prince offered is not convincing".

"The official strongly denounced these baseless allegations", the agency wrote, adding that a team of Saudi investigators were in Turkey working with local authorities. "Jamal was - or, as we hope, is - a committed, courageous journalist".

"Also included in these agreements are that part of these armaments will be manufactured in Saudi Arabia, so it will create jobs in America and Saudi Arabia, good trade, good benefits for both countries and also good economic growth".

Lebanon's Al Akhbar newspaper cited an Arab source as saying Saudi Arabia had informed Turkey that Khashoggi was now in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia, which ranks 169th out of 180 on RSF's World Press Freedom Index, has launched a modernisation campaign since Prince Mohammed's appointment as heir to the throne.

Saudi Arabia invited a group of journalists into the Istanbul mission on Saturday, in an effort to show that Khashoggi was not on the premises.

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