"It was a mistake. It was committed by officials of the Saudi government acting outside their scope of authority". "And we will continue to provide assistance to the Yemeni people".
Michael McCaul, a Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Saturday that "everyone involved in this gruesome crime must be identified and held accountable".
According to sources, the security team of the Saudi crown prince visited several places to review security arrangements in the federal capital.
Congress was heading for a showdown with President Trump on Sunday over sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, amid growing bipartisan criticism of the president's reluctance to pin blame on the Saudi royal family. "And the whole country is shocked by this".More news: No. 9 Michigan State trounces Minnesota
A year before Mr Khashoggi was murdered on Oct 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Prince Mohammed told Mr Aldakhil that he'd use that bullet if Mr Khashoggi didn't return to the kingdom and stop criticising the government from his perch in the U.S., the New York Times reported on Thursday.
Last week, a United Nations expert heading an investigation into the murder slammed the kingdom's obstruction of Turkey's probe following the killing.
Questioned why those in custody couldn't tell them where the body was, Jubeir responded: "We are still investigating". "Don't judge us before the process is complete".
"Nobody in Saudi Arabia knew about the murder except the people who did it, he added". More than 60 people, many of whom are believed to be human rights activists, were arrested in May 2017 alone by the Saudi government during a wave of detentions, according to a January 2018 report released by two leading global human rights lawyers.More news: Chelsea Clinton Rebukes Ilhan Omar Over 'Anti-Semitic Tropes'
The New York Times on Friday published a report that alleged MBS had told an aide in 2017 that he would "use a bullet" on Khashoggi.
"I'm not going to comment on reports based on anonymous sources", Jubeir said. "I don't know the background".
Turkey says he was killed by a team of 15 Saudis who strangled him at the mission, and media reports have said his body was cut up and dissolved in acid.
"I think for anyone to think they can dictate what we should do or what our leadership should do is preposterous", he said.More news: Priyanka Gandhi's Lucknow roadshow: Here's reaction of BJP