Khashoggi Killing: Turkey Wants Arrest Of Saudi Officials

Khashoggi Killing: Turkey Wants Arrest Of Saudi Officials

Graham has been particularly incensed by this, even sending a message to President Donald Trump on Fox News last night that he can't let Saudi Arabia get away with this lest he look "weak." Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is directly involved in the effort.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pushed to keep worldwide attention on the murder - the order for which he says came from the highest levels of the Saudi Arabian government - even as US President Donald Trump has said that Washington should not take action that would undermine its relationship with the kingdom.

Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey after arriving for routine paperwork. While Saudi contributions may be important to individual research projects, they make up a sliver of the university's overall $3.3 billion annual operating budget - which would amount to an estimated $11 million - Lester said. Earlier this year, MIT welcomed the crown prince and his entourage, including a guard linked to the Khashoggi murder, to campus.

Saudi Arabia has sought to distance Prince Mohammed from the murder and has received unbending support from Trump, who sees Riyadh as a vital security partner in the Middle East and a key oil exporter and buyer of U.S. arms.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairperson Bob Corker said on Thursday that senators are looking at moving three measures - a resolution to condemn the crown prince for Khashoggi's murder, a bill to suspend arms sales to the kingdom and a resolution to call on President Donald Trump's administration to pull back United States help for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Graham, a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia who is close to Trump, introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution on Thursday meant to hold the Saudi crown prince "accountable" for contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, a blockade of Qatar, the jailing of dissidents and Khashoggi's death.


Senator Bob Corker said: "I have zero question on my mind that the crown prince MBS ordered the killing". It would also pressure Trump to decide whether to veto the measure.

But the Senate could vote to end that arms sale or end USA support of Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. The president has said he is not certain that MBS killed Khashoggi, and his secretaries of Defense and State told reporters last week that there is no definitive proof the Saudi crown prince is to blame. He has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.

"His Royal Highness the Ambassador is in Washington" embassy spokeswoman Fatimah Baeshen told AFP.

Later on November 28, the Human Rights Watch received a report from an informed source indicating that Saudi authorities had tortured a fourth woman activist.

She did not add whether al-Jubeir would meet with administration officials during his stay.

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