Pompeo: US response in Khashoggi case will await Saudi probe

19 October, 2018, 08:56 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Erdogan meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Esenboga International Airport in Ankara Turkey Oct. 17 2018

"The UK remains very concerned about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance", the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has published the last column Mr Khashoggi wrote before his disappearance. "I will not be going", he said.

Attiah added, "This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post".

Turkish crime scene investigators left the Saudi consulate early on Thursday after searching the building and consular vehicles, a Reuters witness said.

Turkish officials allege Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

This video grab made on October 10, 2018, from CCTV footage obtained from Turkish news agency DHA, shows Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, right, arriving at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Now several news outlets - in Turkey and the USA - have reported the existence of audio tapes which they say prove this.

The AP could not immediately verify the man's identity, though he's one of the individuals previously identified by Turkish authorities as being involved in the 15-man Saudi team that targeted Khashoggi.

Analysts say Saudi officials plan to blame Khashoggi's killing on rogue elements, who allegedly acted on their own not on official orders in a desperate attempt to save the battered image of the kingdom and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices". Why would the Post choose a Middle East operative to write columns for it?

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Saudi Arabia is one of Washington's closest allies and the Khashoggi disappearance is putting the administration in an awkward position. The secretary of state noted that the Saudi leaders, while denying knowledge of anything that occurred inside the consulate, had committed to accountability "including for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials".

Liam Fox has pulled out of an economic forum in Saudi Arabia, set to be boycotted by a slew of worldwide leaders and corporations, in the wake of the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The leaks stopped when President Donald Trump suggested that he was taking the accusations seriously and sent Pompeo to Saudi Arabia for answers.

He said: 'The idea that we can treat Saudi as a normal state if it practises state-sponsored murder outside its borders is simply not true'.

Trump said Wednesday he wants audio and video intelligence from Turkey, "if it exists".

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has tweeted he's pulling out of the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia.

A spokeswoman for PSPS Consultants, which had organised the trip for the Dutch governement, said: "All trade missions to the country have been suspended for now".

The United States received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a State Department official confirmed Wednesday amid global calls for answers in the case.

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