Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing

Kirill Dmitriev CEO of Rusian Direct Investment Fund attends the three-day Future Investment Initiative in the Saudi capital Riyadh

Image Kirill Dmitriev chief executive of Russian Direct Investment Fund was one of those who did not boycott the event

He said that Saudi authorities were working with Turkey to complete the investigations into the journalist's death.

Trump said he wanted to believe Prince Mohammed when he said that lower-level officials were to blame for the October 2 killing at the Saudi mission.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince said on Wednesday the case of Jamal Khashoggi was "painful" and that "justice will prevail" following the killing of the Saudi journalist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"I want to send them a message: They will not be able to do that [i.e., harm Saudi-Turkish relations] as long as there is a king called King Salman bin Abdulaziz and a crown prince called Mohamed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia and a president in Turkey named [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan", the crown prince declared.

Earlier on Wednesday President, Donald Trump said that if anyone in the kingdom's power structure had known about the plot, "it would be" the crown prince.

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The two discussed "the issue of joint efforts and the steps that need to be taken in order to shed light on the Jamal Khashoggi murder in all its aspects", the source added.

"His very survival depends on Trump working with him", Indyk said of bin Salman. The U.S. has always been Saudi Arabia's most important partner and Trump has made the kingdom the centerpiece of his efforts to isolate Iran.

After days of denying any knowledge of his whereabouts, Saudi officials last week admitted that Khashoggi had died in a "brawl" at the consulate.

He said the killing was planned in advance and called on Saudi Arabia to reveal more details, including where Khashoggi's body was.

But he suggested responsibility lay higher up: "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage".

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that the Saudi official will meet Turkish prosecutors during his visit. "He's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him", Trump said.

The prince joked about Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's detention in the kingdom past year, saying he was free to leave after attending the worldwide investment conference in Riyadh.

Meanwhile, the crown prince has attended the first meeting of a committee aiming to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after the killing of Mr Khashoggi.

He seemed relaxed on the panel he shared with Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa and Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a USA -backed regional bloc against Iran but the crisis has strained Riyadh's relations with the West. Dozens of Western officials, bankers and company executives shunned a big investment conference in Riyadh this week.

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