Meetings Related to Lebanese Situation Held in Saudi Arabia

The event is at the Ritz Cartlton hotel in Saudi capital Riyadh

The event is at the Ritz Cartlton hotel in Saudi capital Riyadh

Mr Khashoggi was killed on October 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Erdogan also says Turkey has other "information and evidence" about the Khashoggi's killing by Saudi officials in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and that it will eventually reveal that information. But a solution seems a long way off, partly because of deepening skepticism in Turkey and elsewhere that the brazen crime could have been carried out without the knowledge of Prince Mohammed, the kingdom's heir apparent.

Saudi prosecutors have said the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a premeditated crime.

His murder has caused global outrage and raised questions about the possible role of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia who controls the kingdom's security services.

Hours earlier US President Donald Trump, in his toughest comments yet, told the Wall Street Journal that the crown prince bore ultimate responsibility for the operation that led to Khashoggi's killing.

Saudi officials are now claiming that the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated.

Calling attacks on journalists "unacceptable", Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomas Petricek said he had made Prague's position on the gruesome death clear to the Saudi Arabian Ambassador when the two met to discuss the issue on Wednesday.

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For their part, the Trump administration and the US defence industry are scrambling to save the few actual deals in a much-touted $110 billion arms package for Saudi Arabia.

"Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage".

The State Department announced Tuesday that 21 Saudi suspects in Khashoggi's death will have their visas revoked or will be ineligible to get one, and Congress has triggered a probe that could result in human rights-related sanctions. "He's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him", Trump said.

Ahead of his speech, Mohammed bin Salman spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on steps to "shed light" on Khashoggi's murder, in their first telephone conversation since the killing, a presidential source said.

The prince joked about Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's detention in the kingdom past year, saying he was free to leave after attending the worldwide investment conference in Riyadh.

The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of the Saudi crown prince, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Saudi Arabia's ability to sell more oil will be especially crucial when USA sanctions against Iranian oil sales come into effect on November 4, taking an estimated 1 million barrels of oil a day off the market.

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