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Saudi crown prince on 1st trip abroad since Khashoggi killed

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, on his first tour abroad since the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

The prince, who arrived in Abu Dhabi late on Thursday, is also scheduled to visit other Mideast countries, where he will be warmly received by Arab leaders who have stood firmly by his side amid international outrage over Khashoggi’s horrific slaying.

The crown prince will round off his tour with a stop in Argentina where he’ll come face-to-face with world leaders on Nov. 30 for the two-day Group of 20 summit. Among those expected to attend that summit are President Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who has kept international pressure mounting on the kingdom in the wake of Khashoggi’s killing.

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The crown prince’s tour abroad underscores the strong support he continues to have from his 82-year-old father, King Salman. He has faced intense criticism since the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi by Saudi agents inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi’s body was dismembered, and his remains have yet to be found.

Intelligence officials say the operation to kill Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the crown prince for The Washington Post, could not have happened without Prince Mohammed’s knowledge. The kingdom denies the crown prince had any involvement.

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