Saudis considering plan to admit that Khashoggi was killed in consulate

16 October, 2018, 13:56 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • Saudi Arabia told to investigate disappearance of missing journalist

"We are sadly and anxiously following the conflicting news regarding the fate of our father after losing contact with him two weeks ago, when he disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul", Khashoggi's family said in a statement published by The Washington Post.

Trump wrote: "Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen.' He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer".

Overnight, Turkish forensic teams searched the consulate building where the renowned journalist was last seen entering. "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers".

Meanwhile, The Washington Post and Politico reported that two lobbying groups - BGR and Glover Park - have said that they would no longer represent Saudi Arabia.

Mr Pompeo was to have have dinner with King Salman's son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after meeting the king.

CNN reported Monday, citing sources, that "Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was meant to lead to his abduction from Turkey".

Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi agents but Riyadh has always strongly denied this.

But late yesterday evening - after Turkish authorities placed high iron barriers in front of the consulate - a motorcade of six cars drew up and Turkish police and prosecutors entered the premises. Turkey's private DHA news agency said the Saudi consul's office was among the rooms searched.

Saudi Arabia has a number of tools it can use to retaliate against any potential United States sanctions related to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who went missing in Turkey this month.

King Salman emphasised the importance of the Turkey-Saudi relationship and said no-one should be able to "undermine the strength of this relationship", Saudi's official media reported. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) going so far as to refer to a "game-changer" in U.S. -Saudi relations. European allies have urged "a credible investigation" and accountability for those responsible.

Trump had dispatched Pompeo to speak to the monarch of the world's top oil exporter over Khashoggi's disappearance.

Great Britain, France and Germany also vowed retaliation.

People walk past the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 7, 2018.

The Saudi riyal fell to its lowest in two years and its worldwide bond prices slipped over fears that foreign investment could shrink amid global pressure.

Trump previously warned of "severe punishment" for the kingdom if it was found to be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance, which has spooked investors in Saudi Arabia and SoftBank, a Japanese firm that manages tens of billions of dollars for the kingdom.

He had been critical of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

"It should be a known fact that the Arabs never had a problem with antisemitism, but we need to state that over and over again", Khashoggi added, justifying the surprising Saudi presence at the event.

Alphabet Inc's Google on October 15 became the latest company to say it would boycott the Future Investment Initiative Summit scheduled to be held in Riyadh starting October 23.

Khashoggi moved to Washington after Crown Prince Mohammed began a kingdomwide anti-corruption crackdown, including efforts to silence dissidents.


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