Jamal Khashoggi’s Fiancée Turns Down Donald Trump’s White House Invitation

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Saudi Arabia denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's fate for more than two weeks, before claiming he was killed accidentally in a fight at the consulate.

"This issue has become fairly hysterical", Adel al-Jubeir said at a security forum in Bahrain on Saturday.

Jubeir told a security summit in Bahrain that Riyadh's relations with the United States were "ironclad" amid what he described as "media hysteria" over the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, which sparked a global outcry and strained the kingdom's ties with the West.

Cengiz, who is studying for a PhD in Istanbul, also said she declined an invitation to the USA from President Donald Trump, a staunch defender of the Gulf kingdom. Al Jubeir also praised the current United States administration's Middle East strategy, especially when it comes to containing Iran.

"Of course, we have other information; documents, but there is no need to be too hasty, ' said Erdogan, who previously described Khashoggi's demise as a 'savage killing" and demanded Riyadh punish those responsible, no matter how highly placed.

Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off travel and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of backing their archrival, Iran, and supporting terrorism.

Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vanished at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Cengiz said Khashoggi was concerned tensions would arise when he visited the consulate for the first time on Sept 28, but he was treated well at that visit, which appeared to reassure him, she said.

Saudi Arabia will not extradite suspects in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, the Saudi foreign minister said.

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Saudi state TV quoted the Saudi public prosecutor as saying the killing had been planned, and that prosecutors were interrogating suspects on the basis of information provided by a joint Saudi-Turkish task force.

While Germany has suspended arms exports to the Gulf nation, French President Emmanuel Macron said it would be "pure demagoguery to say "we must stop arms sales". "They will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia".

The sale of weapons "has nothing to do with Mr. Khashoggi". The backlash in the days since has been severe, with senior Congressional leaders and key investment banks distancing themselves from Saudi crown prince crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, or MBS as he is commonly known.

"The statements he made about the subject were totally opposite within a very short period of time, and I totally took what he said [about a visit] as something he said to garner support from the public and considered it as such", she said Friday.

Palladino also said Pompeo attended a briefing on the former Washington Post writer's death by CIA Director Gina Haspel, following her return from Turkey.

Trump has called the Khashoggi case "one of the worst cover-ups in history".

The Saudi attorney general said Thursday that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder.

In particular the Washington Post, Khashoggi's former employer, has criticised the Saudi response in numerous fiery editorials.

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