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Saudi Arabia will not extradite suspects in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, the Saudi foreign minister said.

Saudi journalist Jamal bin Ahmad Khashoggi went to his country's embassy in Istanbul on October 2 and was never seen alive again.

Mattis said that even as the US moves forward with additional punitive measures in the wake of the murder, it will continue to support a "people to people partnership" with Saudi Arabia, a statement notable for its lack of mention of MBS.

Hatice Cengiz, Mr Khashoggi's fiancée, told Haberturk television that Mr Khashoggi was concerned that his application for a divorce certificate might be rejected or that there might be "tension" with Saudi staff in the consulate.

Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for almost a year before his death, had written critically of Prince Mohammed's crackdown on dissent.

Trump and Prince Mohammed have cultivated warm ties though the U.S. president said earlier this week that the crown prince, as the kingdom's de facto ruler, bore ultimate responsibility for the operation against Khashoggi.

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"We are not mediators in Israel-Palestine, but we offer facilitation and ideas to help two parties to come together", he added. A Wikileaks cable from 2010 reported that Gulf states believed they could "count on Israel against Iran".

Four senior intelligence officials and an adviser to the crown prince have been fired as Saudi Arabia tries to distance Prince Mohammed from Khashoggi's slaying.

Mattis told the forum: "We will maintain our 'twin imperatives, ' as stated by Secretary of State Pompeo, of protecting America and holding accountable those responsible for this murder".

Despite demands from various groups, President Trump has refused to tear up an arms agreement between Saudi Arabia and the United States.

After a succession of denials that Riyadh had anything to do with his disappearance, the kingdom eventually admitted that Khashoggi had died, but said it was in a fight with Saudi officials who had embarked on an unsanctioned extradition operation.

"I found myself in a darkness I can not express", she said, describing the aftermath of Khashoggi's disappearance and death. The kingdom initially said it knew nothing about what happened to Khashoggi, but on Thursday said evidence shows that the killing was premeditated.

MANAMA, Bahrain-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday said any role Saudi Arabia played in a journalist's killing could destabilize the Persian Gulf region and beyond, leveling rare criticism at a military ally.

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"It is clear that the judicial system in Turkey is better equipped to genuinely serve the cause of justice in this case", a senior Turkish official said, because Khashoggi was "murdered in Turkey by Saudi nationals who travelled to Turkey for this specific objective".

"One shouldn't mix everything up", Macron told a press conference during a visit to Bratislava.

Trump has called the case "one of the worst cover-ups in history".

Speaking in Ankara, Erdogan, who has so far stopped short of directly blaming the Saudi government, called on Riyadh to reveal who ordered the killing and the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body.

Visa bans are already in place for 21 suspects.

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