He was also one of the most public faces of the Saudi-led boycott of neighboring Qatar, voicing support for the idea of digging a canal to turn the neighboring peninsula into an island.
There are now 18 suspects, all of Saudi nationality, currently in custody and accused of attempting to cover up the death.
New York, October 19, 2018-Saudi state media today reported that the country's attorney general has confirmed prominent journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died in the country's Turkey consulate, The Associated Press reported.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to uncover the truth behind Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing, sources close to the Turkish leader have told Middle East Eye, as global outrage over Riyadh's most recent explanation grows. "We need an worldwide investigation and relentless pressure on Saudi Arabia from the Trump administration, if we ever hope to get to the truth".
DUBAI-Saudi Arabia said on October 20 that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died, and said it fired two senior officials over the incident.
Saudi Arabia had rejected as baseless reports that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate, but had been facing growing pressure to explain what happened to him. The statement also did not shed any light on what happened to Khashoggi's body after his death.
In Istanbul, Turkish prosecutors investigating Khashoggi's disappearance questioned Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate on Friday.
United Nations chief Antonio Gutterres said he was "deeply troubled" by the kingdom's disclosure on Saturday, adding there needed to be "full accountability for those responsible".
However, others have expressed scepticism about Saudi Arabia's claims, including some from Mr Trump's own party.
Qahtani, 40, entered the royal court under the late King Abdullah but only rose to prominence after latching onto Prince Mohammed, becoming a rare confidante in his secretive inner circle.
Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the United States should pursue sanctions against Saudis involved in Khashoggi's death under a USA law named after Sergei Magnitsky, the anti-corruption Russian accountant who died in custody.
'I will remain a faithful servant of my country for a long time, and our dear homeland will remain lofty, God willing'.
Turkish police searched a forest on Istanbul's outskirts and a city near the Sea of Marmara for Khashoggi's remains, two senior Turkish officials told Reuters, after tracking the routes of cars that left the consulate and the consul's residence on the day he vanished. "They feel very strongly about it also", Trump added.
Saudi Arabia had previously rejected accusations that Khashoggi died at the consulate as "baseless". The US president wants King Salman and OPEC to boost production to drive down high oil prices, caused in part by the coming re-imposition of oil sanctions on Iran in November. But some United States lawmakers expressed doubt about the Saudi explanation.
The primary probe results, which were made available to the Saudi foreign ministry, state that a suspect flew to Turkey to see Khashoggi after reported "indications" that the US-based journalist would return to his motherland.
Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen called the Saudi statement a cover-up.