Khashoggis WhatsApp texts reveal sharp criticism of Saudi Crown prince

Khashoggis WhatsApp texts reveal sharp criticism of Saudi Crown prince

When asked about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Pompeo cited a lack of direct evidence linking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder on October 2 in Istanbul.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, meanwhile, went so far as to explicitly request a meeting with crown prince Mohammed on the sidelines of the summit, though officials later insisted that their Friday one-on-one was exclusively about Yemen and Mr. Khashoggi - and not trade or new commercial deals between their nations.

"I took the opportunity to have a conversation with the crown prince directly, in which we discussed the diplomatic discord between Canada and Saudi Arabia", he said. Mohammed bin Salman, or MbS as he is often referred to by the media, has been side-lined by numerous politicians, however he has not been completely outcast as a political pariah as most countries acknowledge the need to maintain a relationship with Saudi Arabia for trade and intelligence links.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Pompeo again noted a lack of direct evidence linking bin Salman to Khashoggi's murder.

Abdulaziz plans to argue that his co-operation with Khashoggi was "a crucial factor" in the decision to have the USA -based columnist for The Washington Post killed and that there was a direct link between the surveillance carried out on Abdulaziz and the slaying.

The crown prince was met with protests in Tunisia, but has been warmly received by government officials in the region.

The trip marked the highest-profile overseas junket for the crown prince since Khashoggi's murder.

Saudi Arabia initially denied any involvement or knowledge of his disappearance, but later admitted he had been killed when a member of the intelligence team diverted from the plan to bring Khashoggi back to the Gulf region. The announcement was made in the presence of the Crown Prince and the Mauritanian president.

"Rather than be robust, as she promised, we learned the Prime Minister told the dictator "please don't use the weapons we are selling you in the war you're waging" and asked him nicely to investigate the murder he allegedly ordered". May said, "and the importance of insuring that those who were involved are held to account".

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