Saudi Arabia has warned US about the criticism of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as  a “ red line and intolerable." 

Saudi Arabia has warned US about the criticism of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as  a “ red line and intolerable."

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al -Jubeir said that the allegations against  the crown prince of being accountable for the  murder of Jamal Khashoggi would not be tolerated .

His comments came as the US president praised Saudi Arabia for keeping oil prices low — one strand of his argument against punishing Riyadh even though the CIA reportedly found strong evidence that the crown prince , the de facto Saudi leader , was involved in the murder.

“ In Saudi Arabia our leadership is a red line. The custodian of the two holy mosques ( King Salman) and the crown prince are a red line, ” Jubeir said. “

They represent every Saudi citizen and every Saudi citizen represents them .

And we will not tolerate any discussion of anything that is disparaging towards our monarch or our crown prince. ”

Khashoggi, a US resident who wrote for The Washington Post and had been critical of Prince Mohammed, was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, killed and reportedly dismembered .

After lengthy denials, Saudi authorities admitted responsibility and said 21 people had been taken into custody.

However , a CIA analysis leaked to the US media went further , reportedly pointing the finger at the crown prince.

 But Trump, on holiday at his Florida Mar – a- Lago Club on Wednesday, doubled down on a statement from Tuesday that he was essentially ignoring the killing of Khashoggi because of what he said were more important US strategic and commercial interest “ Oil prices getting lower .

Great ! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World . Enjoy! $54, was just $82, ” he tweeted . “ Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let ’ s go lower !”

Jubeir insisted that Prince Mohammed had not been involved in the killing .

“ We have made that very clear . We have investigations ongoing and we will punish the individuals who are responsible for this , ” he said .

He called on Turkey to come forward with all its evidence about the slaying and stop leaking out information.

The foreign minister said the murder was a “ rogue operation ” by intelligence officers.

 Jubeir also said any possible US sanctions on Saudi Arabia would be short -sighted .

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