White House: US ‘saddened’ by confirmed Khashoggi death

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The White House said Friday it was “saddened” after confirmation that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside a Saudi consulate.

In the first US response to Saudi Arabia's admission, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said merely that Washington “acknowledges the announcement.”

“We will continue to closely follow the international investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process,” she said.

“We are saddened to hear confirmation of Mr. Khashoggi's death, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, fiancee and friends.”

The US president Donald Trump had reiterated on Friday night the importance of the Saudi-US relations.

Trump said that Saudi Arabia is a great ally and that the importance of Saudi-US ties need to be taken into account.

He added that “it would be hurtful to the US if we don’t sell products to Saudi Arabia”.

With Agencies

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