Netanyahu: stability in Saudi Arabia vital

Saul Bowman
November 5, 2018

A member of Sri Lankan web journalist association holds a placard during a protest condemning the murder of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in front of the Saudi Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka Oct 25, 2018.

But his article made no mention of the king's son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is seen as the kingdom's de-facto ruler.

Nauert noted in a statement the State Department's revocation of visas for some of the Saudi officials implicated in the October 2 killing of the writer, who was living in self-imposed exile in the USA while writing columns critical of his government for The Washington Post.

Fidan demanded on Wednesday that Saudi officials reveal the location of the body.

Saudi officials have offered varying explanations for how and why Khashoggi was killed on October 2.

"With this communications strategy, Turkey was able to control the narrative and keep the Khashoggi murder in the headlines while the public debate continued as the investigation moved along", Kaplan said.

We owe it to his family and friends, including his former colleagues at The Washingon Post, to give them an opportunity to say their goodbyes and pay their respects to this honorable man. Of all nations, the United States should be leading the way.

"We even returned to it a second time later in the discussion because of its importance, and were encouraged by the Crown Prince's candor in his response", Ross told The Post. "But just what is happening is opaque".

Last week, Pompeo said the U.S. will revoke visas and consider sanctions in conjunction with the murder, and had "identified at least some of the individuals responsible, including those in the intelligence services, the Royal Court, the foreign ministry, and other Saudi ministries".

"He (the prince) is weakened".

"He doesn't want to disrupt everything and lose Saudi Arabia".

The Saudi government has said it will carry out a thorough and transparent investigation and that the suspects will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia.

The Khashoggi crisis has shone a harsh spotlight on other issues such as Saudi Arabia's intervention in neighbouring Yemen, where its bombing campaign has led to a military stalemate and what aid workers call a humanitarian catastrophe.

The United States secretary of State Mike Pompeo has indicated that sanctions would soon be imposed on the individuals responsible. "Our pain is still as fresh as the first day", she said.

Back home, Saudi nationalists have sought to rally around the prince with adulatory poems on social media as officials project it is business as usual with public events such as a glitzy wrestling extravaganza in the capital on Friday. He called Khashoggi's killing "inexplicable".

But many others are shocked by the global backlash.

"The violent murder of a prominent journalist and commentator on foreign soil is a grave violation of human rights and a disturbing escalation of the crackdown on dissent in Saudi Arabia, whose government in recent years has jailed numerous writers, journalists, human rights advocates, and lawyers in a sweeping assault on free expression and association", the group said Friday in an open letter.

That's why it's so important to take murders like this seriously.

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