The comments further deepen the mystery surrounding what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, who had been living in self-imposed exile in the US while writing columns critical of the kingdom and its policies under upstart Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Khashoggi, who once acted as an adviser to the Saudi royal family, fled Saudi Arabia a year ago amid a crackdown on the kingdom's intellectuals and journalists. Asked if Khashoggi faces charges in Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed said it was first important to discover where he was.
Saudi and Turkish officials have made conflicting statements on the whereabouts of a prominent journalist who has reportedly gone missing while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. According to the Saudi armament strategy for the next 10 years, which was adopted after Trump became president, more than 60 percent of its arms are to be supplied by or manufactured in partnership with the United States."We've created $400 billion in opportunities, armaments and investment opportunities, and other trade opportunities".
Turkish officials say Khashoggi remains inside the consulate, and his fiancee, who was waiting for him outside, also says she never saw him come out.
Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Ankara Adel Serajedin Merdad has told Turkish officials that he had no information about Khashoggi.
Settlements, like that reached by billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, had generated an estimated 400 billion riyal (S$147 billion), the attorney-general said at the time. "The burden of proof is on Saudi Arabia to produce evidence for its claim that Khashoggi left the consulate alone, and that Saudi agents have not detained him". "We have nothing to hide", he said in the interview published on Friday.
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Khashoggi's fiancée refuted Saudi Arabia's claims to Reuters.
"I believe late 2020, early 2021", Prince Mohammed said, speaking to Bloomberg in Riyadh. All public protests are banned in the kingdom, as are political parties.
In January 2016, Saudi authorities executed Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, an outspoken critic of the policies of the Riyadh regime.
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Saudi Arabia ranked as one of the world's most censored countries. "So ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, we've bought everything with money", Prince Mohammed added.
In the coming days, Saudi government statements will be important in indicating what has happened to Khashoggi and whether Saudi policies towards dissidents overseas may have become more interventionist.