Trump defends #SaudiArabia ties despite #Khashoggi murder

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Trump defends #SaudiArabia ties despite #Khashoggi murder

US President Donald Trump has strongly defended ties with Saudi Arabia despite international condemnation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

The kingdom is a « steadfast partner » that has agreed to invest « a record amount of money » in the US, Mr Trump said in a statement

The president acknowledged Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman « could very well » have known about Khashoggi’s murder

In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he added

Mr Khashoggi was murdered on 2 October on a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing on rogue agents but denied claims that the Crown Prince had knowledge of the operation

However, the CIA reportedly believes Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the murder – an assessment that is at odds with President Trump’s

« [It] could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t! », Mr Trump’s statement said

In an interview on Sunday, the president told Fox News that he had refused to listen to a recording of Khashoggi’s murder provided by Turkey, calling it a suffering tape

?What does the statement say

The world is a very dangerous place!, Mr Trump states, before holding up Saudi Arabia as an ally of the US against Iran.

The kingdom spent « billions of dollars in leading the fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism » whereas Iran has « killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East », it says

President Trump stressed business and military ties with the Gulf state

The statement also stresses Saudi investment pledges and arms purchases. « If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries, » it adds

While admitting the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was « terrible », Mr Trump wrote that « we may never know all of the facts » about his death

The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region

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