On Thursday, the United States has welcomed the first summon in the Saudi investigation into the murder case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a “good first step”, which asked Riyadh to carry on the investigations.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert reports that there had been no prior conditions with the US, which can simultaneously announce sanctions against the 17 Saudi convict officials over the journalist killing. Ms. Nauert did not rule out any further sanctions as more details came to light in the murder case.

She continued that “we regard the announcement that they made as a good first step, it’s a step in the right direction.”

“It is an initial investigation finding. It is important that those steps continue to be taken toward full accountability,” added the State Department’s spokesperson.

Yesterday, Saudi Arabia has called for the death penalty against five accused people for conducting the murder of journalist Khashoggi inside the Kingdom’s Istanbul consulate. However. Saudi has absolved the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of any blame of killing the journalist.

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