King Salman, MBS Meet Khashoggi Sons as KSA Vows Accountability

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Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Tuesday with the two sons of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and offered them condolences over their father's violent death at the hands of Saudi officials, Saudi state news agency SPA said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's cabinet said it would hold accountable all those behind Khashoggi's murder "no matter who they may be."

The cabinet will "hold accountable all those who have failed in their duties no matter who they may be," read a statement published by SPA.

Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to pick up papers for his upcoming wedding to Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish citizen.

Saudi Arabia has come under fire from much of the international community over the murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the kingdom's powerful crown prince.

After more than two weeks of vehemently denying Khashoggi was dead, the Saudi government on Saturday said he was killed in a fight inside the consulate and said the murder was not state-sanctioned.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir subsequently blamed a "rogue operation" by individuals who "exceeded their responsibilities" and then "tried to cover up for it," speaking on Fox News.

Khashoggi was a U.S. resident and had lived in self-imposed exile in Virginia since 2017, shortly after Prince Mohammed was appointed heir to the throne.

Comments 4
Thumb ado.australia 23 October 2018, 18:54

How awkward! Imagine being forced to kiss the hand of your father’s killer. Much like the Walid Jumblatt meeting with Afez el Assad.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 23 October 2018, 20:14

We desperately need democracy and the rule of law. This situation will lead to further destabilization and extremism.

Missing constantine 24 October 2018, 03:15

MBS has really got to go......he s a wild beast.....he kidnaps a lebanese prime minister then he kills a critic journalist at a consulate........if they let him be he ll think he s invincible and God knows what he ll do next.

Thumb whyaskwhy 24 October 2018, 18:51

True Constantine, however that has to fall true on every leader in the Middle East starting from the Iranian Khomieni's through Iraq, Syrian dictator and the Lebanese quisling plus all the rest of the Arabian peninsula. Democracy needs to put down its roots somewhere in the region. If MBS goes and you keep the same self proclaimed kingdom nothing changes. Same as replacing the Ayatola in Iran with another ayatola its still the same hegemony.