USA govt. misses deadline on Khashoggi report

MIT President L. Rafael Reif listen to a panel discussion at the school in 2017

Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry tweeted out a veiled threat on Friday - widely perceived to be aimed at Washington -following an article in American media linking powerful Crown Prince Mohammed to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

The Saudi minister urged Congress to wait for the investigation and the trial to be over in Saudi Arabia, instead of "putting the cart before the horse".

"Consistent with the previous administration's position and the constitutional separation of powers, the president maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate", a senior administration official said. "It was committed by officials of the Saudi government acting outside their authority".

Speaking to reporters in the southern province of Antalya, Cavusoglu said Turkey considered the findings of the UN-led inquiry into Khashoggi's murder important, but added that an official United Nations investigation was needed at this stage.

Secret phone calls have revealed a disturbing threat the Saudi Crown Prince made a year before Jamal Khashoggi's death.

Mr Jubeir said he would not comment on stories without named attribution after the New York Times reported that Prince Mohammed threatened to use "a bullet" on Mr Khashoggi.

USA intelligence agencies had previously concluded that the crown prince must have at least had knowledge of the plot, leading some members of Congress to call for him to step down as the de facto leader of the country. India and Israel have not yet been able to find a mutually convenient date for Netanyahu's visit even though the government remains keen to host him. "There is no need for taking steps like this because. we are doing what we need to do in terms of acknowledging the mistake, investigating, charging and holding people accountable", he said. They have blamed the murder on a group of rogue Saudi officials.

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The brutal killing - described by Turkish and US officials as an elaborate plot - has drawn an global outcry about press freedom and Saudi government tactics to quell criticism.

The Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered also to re-structure the intelligence authority.

Turkey has sought the extradition of the Saudi suspects, but the kingdom has rejected any notion they could be tried overseas and has not allowed Turkey access to them.

Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee told reporters earlier Friday that she was hopeful that his killers will be punished and appealed to legislators in the European Union and the U.S. Congress to closely follow the case.

It is unclear if any of the 17 are on trial.

The State Department said on Thursday that Washington had already taken action over Khashoggi's killing.

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