United States will always be a friend: Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

He has contributed articles to the Washington Post's opinion section and has been an outspoken critic of the Saudi leadership.

The prominent rights group also took global community to task for its "deafening silence on Saudi Arabia's crackdown on freedom of expression", adding that the worldwide community must demand an immediate explanation from Saudi Arabia's authorities about Jamal Khashoggi's fate or whereabouts.

Prince Mohammed said the deal between Aramco and Sabic, which he hopes will close next year, was key for the future of the country?s energy industry.

"So we believe that we are nearly close to having something with Kuwait".

The 33-year-old crown prince, who was named heir to the throne in June 2017, has garnered worldwide attention with his rapid rise to power as well as social and economic reforms.

Despite moves by the young prince to modernise the economy and society - including lifting a ban on women driving - the kingdom has stepped up repression of religious, intellectual and feminist dissidents.

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Human Rights Watch called for worldwide investigatorsto be included in a transparent investigation.

"With young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's rise to power, he promised an embrace of social and economic reform", Khashoggi wrote in his first column for the Post.

Turkish sources leaked statements about Mr Khashoggi late on Saturday, rather than going through official channels.

The official also vehemently denounced "these unfounded accusations" regarding the alleged killing of the Saudi Journo in the consulate.

Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada's University of Waterloo, agreed that Prince Mohammed's reputation was at stake.

One friend, who has known Khashoggi for 16 years, paid tribute to him in Al Jazeera, writing, "He is a good man and a fine journalist".

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Referring to former US President Barack Obama, he said, despite US working against Saudi Arabia's agenda in the Middle East, "we were able to protect our interests".

Earlier on Saturday, sources told Al Jazeera that a delegation of 15 Saudi officials arrived in Turkey the day Khashoggi, 59, disappeared.

Saudi Arabia has been engulfed by several controversies since Mohammed bin Salman was named crown prince and heir to the throne in June 2017. "There are more disagreements than agreements", Dorsey, a fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, told AFP.

Alyafei further stated: "We say to those responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance, and the detention of our colleague Mahmood Hussien and all other journalist around the world, you did not harm Jamal or Mahmood alone, but you have harmed every journalist who lives by Jamal's essence and courage".

Bin Salman accused Qatar, which is under a land, sea and air blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, as one of the countries that provided support for the activists.

Also on Sunday, the prominent rights group, Amnesty International, issued a statement noting that if Khashoggi's murder is proven, it would amount to extrajudicial execution.

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Momani also believes the relationship will likely "worsen". Erdoğan's tone appeared created to delay a diplomatic crisis that would be likely to follow if and when he put his full authority to the allegations. Such an assassination within the grounds of the Consulate would amount to an extrajudicial execution.

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