'America is not covering up Khashoggi murder,' Pompeo claims

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al Jubeir in conversation with “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al Jubeir in conversation with “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan

In addition, Pakistan has also obtained Dollars 3 billion Saudi loan at 3.18 percent interest rate to shore up official foreign currency reserves.

The Trump administration has faced anger and condemnation both at home and overseas over its unwillingness to apply pressure on Saudi leaders to properly investigate what happened to Khashoggi and hold those responsible for his murder accountable. Despite conducting its own investigation and detaining all the suspects, Riyadh continues to claim that it has no knowledge of Khashoggi's body.

Speaking from the US embassy in Budapest, Hungary, Pompeo said that Washington will "continue to take more action" in response to the "tragic" murder of Khashoggi, despite having missed a February 8 deadline set by Congress to determine who was responsible for the killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October.

Ankara has used every means available to bring those responsible to justice, maintaining worldwide pressure.

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"Nobody in Saudi Arabia knew about the murder except the people who did it, he added". He said the cost of the oil refinery will be in the range of USD 5 billion to USD 6 billion but if the Saudis decide to build a petrochemical complex the cost would increase close to USD 10 billion.

This will be Prince Mohammed s first-ever visit to Pakistan as the crown prince.

Last year, Saudi Arabia offered Pakistan a $6bn package that included deferring oil imports payments.

"There was no order given to conduct this operation", he said, describing the murder of the dissident as a "huge mistake". The U.S. Senate even offered the Magnitsky Act, which targets people responsible for human rights violations or corruption.

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The Crown Prince is expected to visit on afternoon and he will return on next day afternoon.

It comes after President Donald Trump administration failed to meet a legally-mandated deadline to submit a report to Congress on who was responsible for the killing of Khashoggi - a well-respected Saudi journalist - and whether sanctions should be imposed on those responsible.

Meanwhile, a former top aide to whom MBS told he would use "a bullet" on Khashoggi has been appointed the kingdom's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Asked about the report Sunday, al-Jubeir declined to comment. Mr Aldakhil denied the allegation in a statement to the newspaper.

Late previous year, 22 bipartisan members of the Senate called for an investigation into Khashoggi's October 2 death and specifically whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible.

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