US has made no 'final conclusion' on Khashoggi killing

Reports that the US government has made a final conclusion have been dismissed

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 file photo, a video image of Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is played during an event to remember Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, in Washington. Saud Al-Mojeb, Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor, is recommending the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. Al-Mojeb told a press conference in Riyadh Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018,  that Khashoggi’s killers had been planning the operation since September 29, three days before he was killed inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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The US government has not reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the State Department said on Saturday after reports that the CIA had concluded its investigations.

"Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

"There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts," she said.

"In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi."

She said that Washington had already taken "decisive measures".

"We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those accountable who planned, led and were connected to the murder. And, we will do that while maintaining the important strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia."


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Khashoggi, a columnist with The Washington Post, had gone to the consulate to obtain documents necessary to marry his Turkish fiancee.

Saudi Arabia’s US ambassador on Friday dismissed a report by The Washington Post claiming that that CIA concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the assassination of Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul last month.