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Pompeo Reiterates US Support For Saudi Arabia

05 December 2018
Pompeo Reiterates US Support For Saudi Arabia

Mrs May told MPs: 'I met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, first to stress the importance of a full, transparent and credible investigation into the bad murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and for those responsible to be held to account - a matter which I also discussed with President Erdogan.

The messages revealed a plan between the two for an online youth movement, consisting of an "electronic army" to engage Saudi youth and debunk state propaganda on social media, in an attempt to hold Saudi Arabia to account.

President Donald Trump, who also has been briefed on the CIA's findings, has been equivocal in assigning blame to the crown prince, who works closely with the president's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner on Middle East issues.

Algerian Energy Minister Mustapha Guitouni said the prince "is welcome in his second country". The Crown Prince is believed to have ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia expects China to play a bigger role on the global stage and would like to facilitate more exchanges between China and Arab countries as well as the Islamic world, the crown prince said.

His visit to Tunis was greeted by demonstrations against Khashoggi's murder and the war in Yemen.

"For us, this incident is a vicious murder and will remain so", said Erdoğan. Sources say the Central Intelligence Agency believes the crown prince ordered the killing. MBS said during the summit that no one can blame Saudi Arabia over anything unless it is proved.

Mohamed Ould Sidi, president of the student association spearheading the anti-Crown Prince protests in Mauritania, told Mauritanian outlet Al-Araby al-Jadeed: "We Mauritanians will not stand by and let the murderer of Yemeni children pollute our soil". The Saudi journalist Khashoggi once wrote, "God help us". He called the prince a "beast 'pac man, '" because "the more victims he eats, the more he wants".

Mrs May said the working group between the United States and United Kingdom examining the future trade arrangements has been "making good progress".

Khashoggi's killing was an "ugly crime" that pushed Jordanians of all walks of life to oppose bin Salman's visit, he said. Abdulaziz began speaking out against the Saudi regime as a college student in Canada.