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Saudi envoy returns to Washington

December 07, 2018 00:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec 06 (AFP): The Saudi ambassador to the United States Khalid bin Salman, brother of the powerful crown prince, has returned to Washington after leaving the US capital in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an official said on Wednesday.

"His Royal Highness the Ambassador is in Washington" embassy spokeswoman Fatimah Baeshen told AFP.

The diplomat returned to Riyadh in early October shortly after the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

At the time, the US State Department said it would seek information from him regarding the incident upon his return.

The ambassador is the brother of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose alleged role in ordering the murder is at the heart of a burning controversy in the US and across the world.

Two key Republican senators said Tuesday a briefing by CIA director Gina Haspel had only strengthened their conviction Prince Mohammed was behind the crime - a charge he denies.

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