Saudi Crown Prince's visit to bring $20bn investment in Pakistan


Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said after meeting with lawmakers Friday that Congress should wait for the outcome of trials of 17 alleged assailants of Khashoggi, including five men who are facing the death penalty. "It was a mistake".

This will be the first visit of Mohammed as the Crown Prince.

A senior official at the ministry on Monday said that they had held consecutive meetings during the past few days for the objective and all relevant stakeholders had been taken on bard in this connection.

A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul.

Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said sanctions against Saudi Arabia are "probably the most appropriate step" after Mr. Trump skipped a congressional deadline Friday for delivering a report on who's responsible for the slaying of Khashoggi. "The president has been very clear - couldn't be more clear - as we get additional information, we will continue to hold all of those responsible accountable". The king ordered investigation.

Saudi Arabia purportedly conducted an investigation into Khashoggi's murder which resulted in the arrests of 18 Saudis, including 15 operatives who had allegedly acted as the hit squad.

A New York Times report on Friday said the Central Intelligence Agency had intercepted communications of MBS telling a top aide in 2017 that he would go after Khashoggi "with a bullet" if the journalist did not return to Saudi Arabia.

The report naming Turki Aldakhil, former general manager of Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, was published by The New York Times on Thursday.

"I'm not going to comment on reports based on anonymous sources", Jubeir said. Turkish officials have said Khashoggi's attackers dissolved his body in acid in an attempt to hide evidence of his murder.

"I think for anyone to think they can dictate what we should do or what our leadership should do is preposterous", he said.