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Allegations of orders to kill Khashoggi 'baseless': Saudi minister

AFP  |  Riyadh 

Saudi Arabia's interior rejected Saturday claims there were orders to kill missing Jamal Khashoggi, describing them as "baseless allegations and lies".

added that his country was "in compliance with international laws and conventions," the official reported him saying.

Khashoggi, a contributor, vanished on October 2 after entering the kingdom's consulate in to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.

and numerous media have claimed he was tortured and killed at the consulate.

His case risks hurting not just fragile Turkish-Saudi relations but also damaging the image of the kingdom and its ties to the West as Crown promotes a reform drive at home.

The Saudi minister, in the first ministerial reaction to the accusations about Khashoggi's killing, said he welcomed the cooperation between his country and to clarify the circumstances of the disappearance.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 06:50 IST