United States to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing of writer


Prince Mohammed told a major investment conference in Riyadh that the killers of Jamal Khashoggi would be brought to justice, in his first public comments since the journalist's murder sparked global condemnation.

On Tuesday, Saudi State TV aired footage of Khashoggi's son, Salah, and his brother, Sahel, meeting with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Yamama Palace in Riyadh.

The United States has identified some Saudi officials responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and is taking action, including revoking visas and exploring sanctions, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.

He said a team of Saudi agents arrived in Turkey on October 1, the day before Khashoggi's death, and some visited the woods around Istanbul; that area has been searched for the journalist's body, which has yet to be found.

Speaking publicly for the first time since Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, MbS insisted the kingdom was cooperating with Turkish authorities and "justice will prevail".

The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi continues to provoke reactions.

Saudi Arabia had initially denied knowing anything about his death, but Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said it was a planned affair.

Those behind the killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul three weeks ago "should be in big trouble", he said.

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Mr Erdogan's address coincided with the start of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia that has been overshadowed by the Khashoggi case.

"The President said that he asked the Crown Prince "'Where did it start?' And he said it started at lower levels". Saudi Arabia has said his death was the result of a "rogue operation" by people acting beyond the scope of their authority, and 18 Saudis have been arrested.

Hariri had arrived in Riyadh shortly after midnight to take part in the Future Investment Initiative forum, which has been overshadowed by the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi that has plunged the kingdom into crisis.

Other reports said Mr Khashoggi's fingers were cut off and sent to Saudi Arabia as "evidence" of a successful mission.

An unnamed Saudi official told Reuters news agency on Sunday that Khashoggi had died in a chokehold after resisting attempts to return him to Saudi Arabia.

Erdogan did not blame Crown Prince Mohammed by name in his speech.

Saudi state oil giant Saudi Aramco said it signed deals with 15 worldwide partners worth more than $34bn.

Reports also said on October 24 that Saudi authorities had denied permission for Turkish police to search a well in the consulate's garden.