Saudi Credits Khashoggi Case for Government Reshuffle, Citing "Change" Vs "Crisis"

Published December 30th, 2018 - 08:13 GMT
Newly-appointed foreign minister makes first comments on case of slain journalist. (AFP)
Newly-appointed foreign minister makes first comments on case of slain journalist. (AFP)

The newly-appointed Saudi foreign minister on Friday said that the Jamal Khashoggi case had brought more changes than crisis to the country, local media reported.

Speaking to news channel Al-Hurra, Ibrahim al-Assaf made his very first comments on the issue.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz carried out a limited cabinet reshuffle on Thursday by replacing some ministers. Al-Assaf was appointed foreign minister, replacing Adel al-Jubeir, who was made minister of state for foreign affairs.

The royal decree also called for the restructuring of the Political and Security Affairs Council -- under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman -- and the restructuring of the Council for Economic Affairs and Development.

The crown prince retained his position as both deputy prime minister and defense minister.

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Thursday's decree also called for establishment of the oil-rich Kingdom's first government agency devoted to space exploration to be headed by Sultan bin Salman.

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

After producing various contradictory explanations, Riyadh acknowledged he was killed inside the diplomatic building, blaming the act on a botched rendition operation.

By Khalaf Rasha and Hamdi Yildiz

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