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No 'direct evidence' between Saudi Crown Prince and Khashoggi's killing: Pompeo

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has said that there is no "direct evidence" which could link Saudi Crown to the murder of Post

While reiterating Washington's support for amid a global outcry over Saudi Crown Prince's possible involvement in Khashoggi's murder, Pompeo told in an interview on the sidelines of the Summit, "I have read every piece of intelligence that is in the possession of the government. And when it is done, when you complete that analysis, there's no direct evidence linking him to the murder of That is an accurate statement, it is an important statement, and it is a statement that we are making publicly today."

Replying to a question on Saturday on whether the (CIA) has a "high confidence" of the Saudi crown prince's alleged involvement, the of State underlined, "I can't comment on intelligence matters."

Last month, Pompeo seconded that is an important ally of the US, especially to take control of Iran, secure Iraq's democracy and to fight the Islamic State terrorists and other armed groups. His remarks came despite the CIA's announcement that the Saudi crown had ordered the murder of Khashoggi.

On October 2, Khashoggi was reported missing after he stepped into to collect paperwork that would allow him to get married to his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who later said that he never appeared from the building.

After days of denial, later confirmed its role in Khashoggi's killing after facing massive pressure from over their investigations on the issue. But their contradictory statements have led to international uproar led by Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has demanded to come clean and accept their role in the scribe's death.

Saudi Arabian had admitted that the murder of the scribe was "a mistake and a rogue operation."

Recently, the slapped sanctions on 17 Saudi nationals allegedly involved in Khashoggi's killing. Other countries, such as and also followed the suit.

Khashoggi, who relocated to the US from last year, used to write articles for The Post, criticising the

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 12:15 IST