Saudi Arabia's foreign minister brands response to Jamal Khashoggi's death has as 'hysterical'

Adel al-Jubeir

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir. Image: Getty

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has claimed the global outcry and media focus on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has become "hysterical".

Adel al-Jubeir made the comment during an annual conference of international officials in Bahrain.

"This issue has become fairly hysterical," he told journalists present at the event.

"I think people have assigned blame on Saudi Arabia with such certainty before the investigation is complete."

He added that Saudi Arabia have "made clear" they were going to conduct a "full and transparent" investigation.



"We're trying to uncover what happened. We know that a mistake was committed. We know that people exceeded their authority and we know that we're investigating them," he said.

"Unfortunately, there has been this hysteria in the media about Saudi Arabia's guilt before the investigation is completed."

Turkey alleges a 15-member hit squad was sent to Istanbul to kill the journalist, who became an outspoken critic of the country's crown prince in columns for The Washington Post.

Saudi Arabia originally said Mr Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate October 2, before offering various other narratives that President Donald Trump branded "one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups".

Turkey is requesting that Saudi Arabia hand over the suspects in the killing, which the kingdom has described as a rogue operation by officials who may have exceeded their orders or authority.