Theresa May to Hold Bilateral meeting with Saudi Crown Prince

The Saudi royal sent the messages to Saud al-Qahtani, who is thought to have supervised the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi.

The Saudi government changed its story on the murder, first denying it took place, then suggesting it was accidental and finally referring to it as a rogue operation.

The Journal reported in November that the Central Intelligence Agency had concluded Prince Mohammed had likely personally ordered the killing.

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Putin said in October he lacked information about the matter and said Russian Federation would not tear up its relations with Saudi Arabia because of it.

Backing away from his strident attacks on the Saudi Crown Prince he declared. The visit was denounced in a joint statement by 17 intellectuals, journalists, Muslim scholars and other figures.

Mohammed has appeared isolated among fellow world leaders at the G20 summit in Argentina, with the exception of a vigorous public handshake from Russia's Vladimir Putin - himself treated as a pariah by some of those present. MBS was even pictured on the far edge of the traditional "family portrait" photograph, ignored by other leaders. In the end, they were not. All investigations remain open. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is expected to attend the summit, was instrumental to the global backlash the prince now faces. Many reports described him as "Mr Bone Saw", alluding to the instrument allegedly used to dismember Khashoggi.

"We expect that in the next two to three years there will be significant scaling up of Saudi investments in India", Gokhale said.

"We regard it as a despicable murder".

Trump, in an exclamation point-heavy statement before the summit, said it did not matter whether MbS knew about Khashoggi's death and that Saudi Arabia was important for business and for its hostility to Iran.

He also emphasized the lack of seriousness displayed by the Saudi authorities. "We can not be satisfied with the explanations we have got", Erdogan told reporters on the sidelines of the G20 summit, as aired by the NTV broadcaster. "We're aiming to keep that relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

The crown prince was filmed in an apparently tense conversation with Mr Macron, telling the French president not to worry. "I was told that it contains, so I have no need to listen", said the US President. Sources say the Central Intelligence Agency believes the crown prince ordered the killing.

Speaking to the network's Wolf Blitzer, Pompeo said the Kingdom was "an enormous support" to the US.

Putin and Prince Mohammed are due to hold bilateral talks on Saturday, according to Kremlin documents seen by Reuters. Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen living in the United States (US) before his death, was critical of the regime in Riyadh. The dissident writer, who lived in exile in the United States, went to the consulate in Istanbul to get papers for his impending marriage and didn't come out.

Vanessa Coleman

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