Mohammed bin Salman described Khashoggi as 'dangerous Islamist'

Mohammed bin Salman described Khashoggi as 'dangerous Islamist'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called senior American officials recently to urge that Washington not abandon its support for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid growing criticism over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, according to multiple reports.

The US-Saudi relationship "is too big to fail", Prince Turki said. We have to ensure stability [in Saudi Arabia].

"The attempt to criticise Khashoggi in private", the Post noted, "stands in contrast to the Saudi government's later public statement decrying his death as a "terrible mistake" and "terrible tragedy".

Much of the information pertaining to the case has already been leaked to Turkish media, but the strengthening of Turkey's official position suggests that Ankara is unwilling to let up on rivals in Riyadh in the search for answers in Khashoggi's death.

Mr Khashoggi's family vehemently denied that he was in any way risky or a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The administration has remained adamant that Khashoggi's death will not jeopardise a $110bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia that was approved last May.

Riyadh initially denied it had anything to do with the critic's disappearance and then changed its story several times, first claiming Khashoggi died in a fist fight before admitting Turkish evidence suggested his killing was premeditated.

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The meetings came shortly after The Washington Post revealed in a report earlier in the day that Netanyahu has asked US President Donald Trump to continue supporting MBS despite accusations that he ordered a hit job on anti-Riyadh journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month.

Rather than weighing Prince Mohammed's chances of retaining power, officials in the White House and around the region have turned instead to the question of what effect the lingering stigma of the killing may have on the grand plans laid out by the 33-year-old prince, who could rule Saudi Arabia for the next half century.

The Saudi crown prince called Jamal Khashoggi a unsafe Islamist during a phone call with Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton days after the journalist disappeared last month at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, according to a report on Thursday.

US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino on Thursday called for Khashoggi's remains to be located and returned to his family for burial as soon as possible.

She also said she held out hope that her fiancee was alive until Saudi officials admitted he had been killed. "To claim otherwise would be ridiculous".

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to complete paperwork.

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