Saudi Official: Congress 'Curtails' US Allies by Seeking to Penalize Saudis

Saudi Official: Congress 'Curtails' US Allies by Seeking to Penalize Saudis

The crown prince's belongings, including his exercise equipment and furniture, reached Islamabad in five trucks, the Dawn News reported quoting Saudi Embassy sources.

He continued: "We have said we will investigate".

"We believe the Crown Prince - MBS - had a hand in this".

'America is not covering up for a murder, ' Pompeo said during a visit to Hungary, adding that the United States would take more action to hold accountable all those responsible for the USA -based journalist's death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

A senior administration official told the AP that the State Department regularly updates Congress on the status of the case and that the USA government will continue to work to hold accountable those responsible for the death.

Both the Central Intelligence Agency and Turkish investigators say MBS personally ordered the assassination, yet Trump announced in November that the US would not end its alliance with the Middle Eastern kingdom.

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Pompeo defended the administration's response to the death of Khashoggi, who entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get a document he needed for his upcoming marriage and was never seen again.

"Congress doesn't have to wait for the president to fulfill his duty", Mr. Murphy said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Ahead of the deadline, a group of Republican and Democratic senators on Thursday renewed their push to penalize Saudi Arabia, unveiling legislation to bar some arms sales and impose sanctions.

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials "acting outside their scope of authority" and that 11 people have been charged with the crime. He said imposing sanctions now would be "putting the cart before the horse". He insisted the crown prince had no role in the slaying - that it was a "rogue operation" with no official backing.

"We have now a number of possibilities and we´re asking them what they did with the body, and I think this investigation is ongoing, and I would expect that eventually we will find the truth", he said.

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