Saudi foreign minister says Khashoggi killing was 'huge and grave mistake'

On Wednesday, crime scene investigation units arrived at the official residence of Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi around 4.40 p.m. local time (1340GMT).

Early on Saturday Saudi Arabia finally admitted that Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi leadership and a Washington Post contributor, was killed inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate. Turkish media quote officials as saying Khashoggi has been killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

"We are not accusing anyone in advance but we don't accept anything to remain covered (up)", he said. "We don't know where the body is", al-Jubeir said. "We want to make sure that we know what happened and we want to make sure that those responsible be held to account".

Jubeir said that conflicting reports about whether khashoggi had left Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul prompted a probe that the Saudis will continue to put out information on Khashoggi's death as it becomes available.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "the only person on earth outside of the Saudi kingdom" who appeared to accept the Saudis' new story was Trump.

However, he made clear he believed the Crown Prince Mohammed directed the murder.

"Do I think he did it?"

Lawmakers from both parties, several of whom had been briefed on the US intelligence, immediately rejected the Saudi account as lacking credibility.

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"Saudi "explanation" leaves most questions unanswered".

"The Crown Prince [Mohammed bin Salman] has denied this, he is not aware of this".

October 7: Turkish officials say Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate.

"This is a awful mistake, this is a bad tragedy".

Meanwhile, Britain, Germany, and France issued a joint statement on Sunday in which they say there is an "urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened" to Khashoggi. By acknowledging that Khashoggi died without taking direct responsibility, Saudi leaders may be trying to give Washington and Ankara a way out of an unwanted confrontation with the Gulf powerhouse.

"As far as arms exports are concerned, those can't take place in the current circumstances".

"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally of ours". King Salman, 82, had handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to him. "I believe when the investigation is over and the facts are revealed, people know who is responsible and see those individuals punished, that the relationship will weather this".

  • Darren Santiago