The Saudi crown prince told Joe Biden that the United States also made mistakes, after the president confronted him over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mr. Khashoggi has been killed and dismembered by a commando at the country’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

Mr Biden said he challenged the crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) on the killing when he met the Saudi leader on Friday.

He said he was “simple and direct” and expressed his views on the murder “clearly”.

US intelligence agencies believe MBS approved of the plot to kill the Washington Post columnist, and when running for president Mr Biden promised to do so. Saudi Arabia an “outcast” on murder.

The president has been criticized for greet the crown prince with a fist bump when he landed in Saudi Arabia yesterday.

One of those to attack Mr Biden was Mr Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, who tweeted a photo of the moment and asked: ‘Is this the accountability you promised for my murder?’

The US president told reporters: “He [MBS] basically says he wasn’t personally responsible for it. I indicated that I thought he was.”

In a statement to Reuters on Saturday, a Saudi official said the crown prince had told Mr Biden that the United States had also made human rights mistakes.

“In the same year, similar regrettable incidents took place and other journalists were killed in other parts of the world,” the crown prince reportedly said.

“The United States also made a number of mistakes like the Abu Ghraib prison incident in Iraq and others.

MBS has always denied approving the plan to kill Mr Khashoggi – who was a vocal critic of the kingdom.

Mr Biden said he ‘indicated’ MBS he believed he was responsible for the murder

The crown prince told Mr Biden that the kingdom had “taken all measures to avoid similar mistakes in the future”, the Saudi official said.

He would also have warned against imposing values ​​on other countries by force, as well as increasing the assassination of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aklehshot down in an Israeli raid in May.

The United States has softened its stance on Saudi Arabia since the Ukrainian invasion triggered a global energy crisis.

Mr Biden is keen for oil producer group OPEC+ to increase production to bring down soaring prices.

America also wants to maintain good relations with the kingdom to counter the growing influence of Russia and China.

A Turkish court has halted the trial of Saudi suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi - and transferred it to Saudi Arabia.
Mr Khashoggi was killed by a Saudi squad in Istanbul in October 2018

“We had a good discussion about ensuring global energy security and an adequate supply of oil to support global economic growth,” Biden said Friday.

“I’m doing everything I can to increase the supply from the United States of America, which I expect will happen.

“The Saudis share this urgency, and based on our discussions today, I expect to see further steps in the coming weeks.”

The energy issue is back on the agenda in the Red Sea city of Jeddah today as Mr Biden joins a wider summit of Arab leaders.