Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Markets | By Jeffery Armstrong

Saudi Crown Prince to Risk Arrest at G20

Saudi Crown Prince to Risk Arrest at G20

U.S. Republican Senator Mike Lee has said he "disagrees" with President Donald Trump's dismissal of Central Intelligence Agency assessment that Saudi crown prince ordered murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

The two held talks on Tuesday before the king continued on to Tunisia. Moreover, Corker said that they may look at "additional legislation" targeting the crown prince, potentially even by attaching spending legislation Congress must clear by December 7.

However, Saudi officials have attempted to distance Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and King Salman from any connection to the operation.

As part of his first overseas tour since the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, bin Salman is expected to arrive in Tunisia Tuesday evening coming from Egypt.

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I disagree with the president's assessment. The Saudi journalist, who was a USA resident and contributor to The Post, was killed and allegedly dismembered with a bonesaw by a team of Saudi agents after he entered the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

"It was premeditated murder", he told the German newspaper, rather than a last resort after they failed to convince him to return to Saudi Arabia.

The Crown Prince is accompanied by an official delegation, including Prince Turki Bin Muhammad Bin Fahd, adviser at the Royal Court; Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud Bin Naif, minister of interior; Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir; Minister of Media Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad; and Chief of General Intelligence Khalid Al-Humaidan, among other senior officials.

From Tunisia, Prince Mohammed is due to travel to the G20 summit in Argentina on Friday, where many world leaders are dreading the prospect of public meetings with the embattled heir to the throne.

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The reason behind U.S. President Donald Trump's reluctance to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an ambitious $110 billion arms deal between Washington and Riyadh which had been inflated at the direction of his adviser and son-in-law, ABC News reported Monday. The organization says "many of these attacks ... indicate possible war crimes".

A bipartisan pair of senators also have invoked the Global Magnitsky Act, which enables sanctions over human rights offenses, to force Trump to formally say within a few months whether he thinks Mohammed was responsible for Khashoggi's death.

The prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, and Sisi are expected to discuss bilateral relations and enhancing them in various fields "in addition to discussing political issues of mutual interest", Egypt's state news agency MENA said.

In an interview with Sputnik, Saudi energy expert Said al-Shahrani said that "the decision to build a nuclear power plant in the kingdom is the result of serious research that confirmed the need for this step".

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