Khadijah not Jamal's fiancé

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Motasem Khashoggi, who is representing the Saudi journalist's family, said there are certain parties and people who are politicizing this issue. -- Al Arabiya



Jeddah -- Following a meeting held by the Khashoggi family, a prominent clan in Saudi Arabia, in Jeddah on Sunday, its legal advisor, Motasem Khashoggi told Al Arabiya English that the family is regularly in touch with the Saudi government regarding the case of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi who has disappeared in Turkey.

“We trust the government and the actions taken by it and all the efforts being made in the case of Jamal Khashoggi. There’s coordination with the government and the embassy in Ankara,” Motasem said.

The legal advisor added that some countries tried to push their malicious agenda by exploiting this issue.

He said: “We know the objectives behind electronic media and frenzied news outlets that attack our country for negative purposes. We tell these people to remain silent as their purposes and intentions have failed.

He clarified that the woman who is called “Khadijah” who is promoting herself as Jamal's fiancé, is not known by the family and she is not his fiancé. “We do not know her, we do not know from where she came and she is not connected to the family, and her statements and presence might be to push her own agenda,” he said.

Motasem pointed out that the family has taken legal action regarding Jamal’s disappearance in coordination with the Saudi government and the measures are proceeding within a legal framework. He warned against reports and stories that have no truth and validity.

Son denounces attempts to politicize Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

Salah Khashoggi, the eldest son of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi, who has gone missing in the Turkish city of Istanbul since Tuesday, has denounced attempts by foreign parties to politicize the disappearance of his father, which he called totally unacceptable.

In an interview with Al Arabiya English, Salah said: “The issue is that there is a Saudi citizen who has gone missing. We are cooperating with the Saudi authorities to uncover the circumstances,” Salah said confirming that the Saudi government responded immediately to the reports.

Salah said that the whole subject is a personal matter and is far from a political framework. He stressed that his family is looking “for credible information.” My last contact with my father was during his stay in Washington: “I had no idea of his presence in Turkey and his recent trip,” Salah said.

As for the Turkish woman called Khadija, who claims to be the fiance of Jamal Khashoggi, Salah said: “I do not know this woman and I have never heard of her except through the media.”

He called upon the Turkish lady to stop meddling with his father’s case in the media. “We are his family and we inquire about the circumstances of his disappearance and the search for him,” he said.

Salah Khashoggi confirmed that all members of his family support the official Saudi investigations, which only “will lead us to positive results and uncover the truth.” -- Al Arabiya English


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