'France to back bans on those behind Khashoggi murder'

'France to back bans on those behind Khashoggi murder'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said that Saudi Arabia wouldn't have dared to kill dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi without the support of the United States, a close Riyadh ally.

Hariri "will be staying in the kingdom for two more days, so I hope there are no rumours of his abduction", Prince Mohammed bin Salman said while addressing the Future Investment Initiative forum in Riyadh.

"Those responsible will be held the end justice will prevail", the heir apparent to the Saudi throne told a major investment forum in Riyadh, speaking in Arabic in his first public comments on the scandal.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States had identified some of the Saudi government and security officials it believed were involved in Mr Khashoggi's murder and would take appropriate actions, including revoking U.S. visas.

Asked about Prince Mohammed's possible involvement, Trump said: "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage".

The Saudi government said on Tuesday that a 15-member squad was sent to take Khashoggi to a safehouse to try and convince him to go back to Saudi Arabia.

A team of Saudi Arabian agents began arriving in Turkey the day before journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Saudi state media on Tuesday published photos of Jamal Khashoggi's son Salah Khashoggi with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Prince Mohammed.

A spokesman for its leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Khashoggi's killing was "a shocking act by a dictatorial regime involved in multiple human rights abuses at home and abroad".

Jamal Khashoggi's children have been barred from leaving Saudi Arabia, according to his editor at The Washington Post. Critics allege that bin Salman, now crown prince, may have ordered Kahshoggi's killing.

Erdogan stopped short of mentioning the crown prince who some USA lawmakers suspect ordered the killing of the Washington Post columnist.

Mnuchin also met with Mohammed bin Salman at a time when the investigation into the journalist's murder was already ongoing.

"We know that many are trying to use this painful thing to create a kind of wedge between Saudi Arabia and Turkey", he said.

"From the person who gave the order, to the person who carried it out, they must all be brought to account", he said, adding that Riyadh needed to "uncover all those responsible for this matter from top to bottom". He did not refer to an audio recording in his speech in parliament.

Turkish security sources say that when Khashoggi entered the consulate, he was seized by 15 Saudi intelligence operatives who had flown in on two jets just hours before.

After weeks of maintaining he was still alive, the authorities now say the 59-year-old was murdered in a rogue operation after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.