Riyadh has resisted U.S. pressure to take decisive action against Saud al-Qahtani, who Washington has sanctioned in the case
Dion Nissenbaum and
Warren P. Strobel in Washington and
Summer Said in Dubai
A top Saudi official who was fired after being accused of playing a role in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi continues to serve as an informal royal adviser, and the U.S. is pressing the kingdom behind the scenes to hold him accountable, according to U.S. and Saudi officials.
Saudi Arabia, however, has resisted U.S. pressure to take decisive action against Saud al-Qahtani, who previously served in effect as the right-hand man to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the U.S. and Saudi officials said.