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Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Jubeir Calls Khashoggi’s Death Tremendous Mistake

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| October 22 , 2018 , 11:31 IST

Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir said on Sunday that the kingdom did not know where the body of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi was, despite admitting to the killing and calling it a tremendous mistake.

While speaking to a local news channel, Jubeir said the Saudi leadership initially believed Khashoggi had left its diplomatic mission in Istanbul, where he was last seen on October 2.

Reacting to the statements, the United Nations said that Saudi Arabia's explanation about Khashoggi's death is neither credible nor satisfactory.

According to media reports, The King of Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince sent their condolences to a son of Jamal Khashoggi.

A local Saudi news agency said that the Monarch, Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his son, Mohammed bin Salman, telephoned Salah Jamal Khashoggi to express their condolences.

US President Donald Trump while speaking to reporters said that he would love it if the Crown Prince was not responsible for the murder. The president has raised the possibility of imposing sanctions but said halting an arms deal would "hurt us more than it would hurt them".

On Saturday, the Saudi authorities had said that Khashoggi died in the course of a "fight" with agents who were trying to interrogate him in the legation.

The UK, France and Germany said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia's version of Khashoggi's death needs to be supported by "facts" to be considered "credible".