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Khashoggi murder: Calls to remove Saudi crown prince 'a red line'


Date: Wednesday November 21, 2018, 11:40 pm


By: bbc.com


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Calls to remove Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are a "red line", the Saudi foreign minister has told the BBC, amid a global outcry over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Adel al-Jubeir said the prince had not been involved in the 2 October killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

This comes a day after the US Congress demanded an investigation into whether the prince had a role in the murder.

President Donald Trump has defended US ties with Saudi Arabia.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mr Trump acknowledged that the crown prince "could very well" have known about Khashoggi's brutal murder, adding: "Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"

What did the Saudi foreign minister say?

Speaking to the BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet in Riyadh, Mr al-Jubeir said: "In Saudi Arabia our leadership is a red line. The custodian of the two holy mosques [King Salman] and the Crown Prince (Mohammed bin Salman) are a red line. 

"They represent every Saudi citizen and every Saudi citizen represents them. And we will not tolerate any discussion of anything that is disparaging towards our monarch or our crown prince."

Mr al-Jubeir reiterated that the crown prince had not been involved in the murder.

"We have made that very clear. We have investigations ongoing and we will punish the individuals who are responsible for this," he said.

It has been widely reported in the US media that the CIA believes the grisly killing could only have happened on the crown prince's order.

But Mr al-Jubeir disputed those reports, saying the killing was a "rogue operation" by intelligence agents.

Source: bbc.com

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