Turkish police find Saudi consulate vehicle abandoned in Istanbul parking lot

23 October, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • Saudi Arabia in hot waters as international leaders condemn, express skepticism around Khashoggi murder

White House adviser Jared Kushner said Monday that the US remains in a "fact-finding phase", and that officials are still "getting facts in from multiple places".

The announcement on Sunday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he will "go into detail" about the Khashoggi case in a speech in parliament heightened hopes for some clarity in a case that has been shrouded in mystery, conflicting accounts and shocking allegations since Khashoggi, a critic of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after entering the consulate on Oct 2.

Turkish police forensic officer exits the Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Turkey and Saudi Arabia conducted a joint "inspection" on Monday of the consulate, where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing almost two weeks ago, Turkish authorities said. A Saudi source close to the royal palace later told CNN that the Washington Post journalist died in a chokehold.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News "the murder" had been a "tremendous mistake" and denied the powerful crown prince had ordered it.

The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Sunday that the Monarch, Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his son, Mohammed bin Salman, telephoned Salah Jamal Khashoggi to express their condolences, reports Efe news.

And then we'll determine which facts are credible. We are determined to find out all the facts.

Investors from outside the kingdom and local individuals accelerated sales as volatility surged amid escalating concerns tied to the government's potential involvement in the death of Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

"So whilst we will be thoughtful and considered in our response, I have also been clear that if the appalling stories we are reading turn out to be true, they are fundamentally incompatible with our values and we will act accordingly". "What are our strategic interests".

"The Middle East is a rough place. And we have to be able to pursue our strategic objectives, but we also have to deal with obviously what seems like a bad situation".

"We also have a trading partnership that supports thousands of jobs. And so, we're going to stay focused on that".

"We have to be able to work with our allies, and Saudi Arabia has, I think, been a very strong ally in terms of pushing back on Iran's aggression", Kushner said.

Speaking to CNN, Mr Kushner said he had told the Crown Prince: "Just to be transparent, to be fully transparent".

Trump has repeatedly said over the last week that he opposes any effort to impede more than $100 billion in US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, but that he would consider sanctions on the kingdom.

All this came on the eve of Prince Mohammed's high-profile investment summit in Riyadh, which has seen a raft of the world's top business leaders decline to attend over the slaying of the writer for The Washington Post.

"Earlier this week Lord Foster wrote to the head of the NEOM Advisory Board stating that whilst the situation remains unclear he has suspended his activities in respect of the Board", his firm Foster + Partners said in a statement emailed to GCR yesterday.



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