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Saudi Arabia says has 'nothing to do' with Bezos-AMI dispute

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(Reuters) - had "absolutely nothing to do" with the National Enquirer's reporting on an extramarital relationship involving com Inc Jeff Bezos, the kingdom's said.

on Thursday accused (AMI), the Enquirer's owner, of trying to blackmail him with the threat of publishing "intimate photos" he allegedly sent to his girlfriend unless he said in public that the U.S. tabloid's reporting on him was not politically motivated.

In a blog post, he alluded to Saudi Arabia's displeasure at the Bezos-owned Washington Post's coverage of the murder of its and Saudi

He also referenced about alleged links between AMI and

"This is something between the two parties, we have nothing to do with it," told CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked if the was involved in the Enquirer leaks.

"It sounds to me like a soap opera," he said in an interview to be aired on Sunday, excerpts of which were posted on CBS' website. Jubeir said he was not aware of any links between the and AMI or its

AMI said on Friday its reporting on was lawful and it would investigate his claims.

The killing of Khashoggi at the kingdom's last October strained Saudi Arabia's ties with Western allies, exposed the kingdom to possible sanctions and tarnished the image of de facto ruler

(Reporting by in Dubai; editing by Jason Neely)

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 17:31 IST