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Khashoggi's daughters vow to keep his legacy alive

Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul [Getty]

Date of publication: 24 November, 2018

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In a poignant farewell to their father published in The Washington Post, the daughters of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi vowed that "his light would never fade".

The daughters of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi vowed that "his light would never fade” in a poignant farewell to their father published in The Washington Post, pledging to continue his legacy.

"This is no eulogy, for that would confer a state of closure," Noha Khashoggi and Razan Jamal Khashoggi wrote in a Post opinion piece published online on Friday.

"Rather, this is a promise that his light will never fade, that his legacy will be preserved within us."

Khashoggi, former Saudi royal insider who became a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul last month.

His death unleashed a global wave of criticism against the crown prince, despite Saudi officials claiming he had no role in the killing.

The 59 year-old journalist was at the consulate in Istanbul seeking documents needed to marry his Turkish fiancee. Riyadh - after weeks of denial - said he was killed in a "rogue" operation.

The daughters remember their father, affectionately referred to as "Baba," as a "loving man with a big heart" who traveled widely and always returned bearing "gifts and fascinating stories."

"As bittersweet as it was, we knew from a young age ... that he was an important man whose words had an effect on people over a great distance."

It was vital for him "to speak up, to share his opinions, to have candid discussions," the daughters recall.

For him "writing was not just a job; it was a compulsion. It was ingrained into the core of his identity, and it truly kept him alive.

"Now, his words keep his spirit with us, and we are grateful for that."

Khashoggi had created a new life in the United States, but "he grieved" for his native Saudi Arabia, never abandoning hope for his country.

"Dad was no dissident," the daughters wrote. 

"If being a writer was ingrained in his identity, being a Saudi was part of that same grain."

The opinion piece was published as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman left on Thursday on a visit to "brotherly Arab countries", state media reported, his first official trip abroad since the murder of Khashoggi.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the order to murder Khashoggi came from "the highest levels" of the Saudi government but has stopped short of directly blaming Prince Mohammed.

Leaked CIA analysis of the murder has reportedly pointed the finger at the powerful crown prince and de facto Saudi leader known by his initials MbS.

Saudi authorities are seeking the death penalty against five men over the killing, but attention remains focused on the crown prince despite an official insistence that he was not involved.

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