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U.S. Allies Skeptical of Evolving Saudi Story on Khashoggi

  • Mnuchin, Trump stress importance of U.S.-Saudi relations
  • European leaders are more skeptical of ‘accident’ narrative
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Saudi’s evolving story of the death of journalist Khashoggi elicited skepticism from its allies. Ros Krasny reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Saudi Arabia’s evolving account of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi -- which the kingdom’s foreign minister on Sunday cast as a “tremendous mistake” perpetrated by a “rogue operation” -- elicited skepticism from officials in the U.S. and its allies weighing how to respond.

France demanded more information, while Germany put arms sales to the oil-rich nation on hold. In the U.S., the Trump administration stressed the vital importance of the kingdom and its economy to the U.S. while Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they suspected knowledge of the killing reached the highest levels of the Saudi regime.