King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud with Mohammad Bin Salman Image Credit: AP

Manama: King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz has offered his condolences and sympathies to the family and relatives of the late Jamal Khashoggi.

The Saudi monarch expressed his sympathies in a telephone call to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the slain journalist, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman also called the bereaved son to offer his condolences to all family members, the news agency said.

Salah Khashoggi expressed his thanks to King Salman and to Prince Mohammad for the condolences, it added.

In Kuwait, the government on Sunday hailed the decisions taken by King Salman in Khashoggi’s case.

“Kuwait has followed with concern the death of Khashoggi, may Allah bless his soul,” an official source at the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The source added that Kuwait “greets the decisions taken by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques with respect to the case, which reflects the kingdom’s keenness and commitment to establish the truth and its respect for legal principles to bring to account those behind this regretable incident”.

Several countries and international organisations have welcomed the Saudi decision to uncover the facts and bring all those found guilty to justice.

Saudi Arabia early on Saturday announced the death of Khashoggi, who was last seen in public on October 2 as he was entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Riyadh also announced that 18 people are being detained in relation with the criminal case.

The deputy head of the General Intelligence Presidency, a senior advisor at the Royal Court and three senior officers were sacked.

King Salman also ordered the formation of an ad-hoc commission, headed by Crown prince Mohammad, to restructure and reform the General Intelligence Agency.

Saudi columnists and social media users are trying to comprehend the reasons for the media onslaught on their country, arguing the case was purely criminal and should not have taken geopolitical dimensions.