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Saudi Arabia told to investigate disappearance of missing journalist Saudi Arabia government pledges ‘greater action’ if US retaliates for Khashoggi disappearance
Andy Castillo | 16 October, 2018, 13:55

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".

Turkish investigators completed a search of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, for the first time since journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared. "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers".

As the world's largest oil exporter and second-largest crude supplier to the USA after Canada, Saudi Arabia can roil oil markets if it were to halt its sale of crude and products to Washington.

Idris also claimed that available evidence pointed to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as "the man behind the murder", adding that it was carried out by the latter's agents, including his bodyguards.

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".

"It has been 13 days since the event, so surely proving some of the evidence might be difficult" the Turkish official said.

Pompeo landed in Riyadh on Tuesday morning and was due to meet the king immediately to discuss the crisis surrounding Khashoggi, who vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Istanbul consulate. Police planned a second search, this one of the Saudi consul's home in Istanbul, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said. "It would lead to Saudi Arabia's failure to commit to producing 7.5 million barrels". We need answers from the Saudis about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

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Trump paid his first foreign visit as president to Saudi Arabia previous year, praised its new young ruler, the king's son Prince Mohammed, and boasted of striking a deal to sell $110 billion (€95 billion) of U.S. weapons to the kingdom, something the president said he doesn't want to halt over the missing reporter, because it would hurt the United States economy. The Saudi government, it said, would shield the prince by blaming an intelligence official for the bungled operation. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said of Khashoggi's disappearance, "We're not going to make any judgments about what happened to him".

Germany, Britain and France issued a joint statement over the weekend expressing "grave concern", calling for a credible investigation to ensure those responsible for the disappearance "are held to account".

Turkish sources allege he was killed by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents but Riyadh insists that he left the consulate unharmed.

The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, said the kingdom is weighing whether to say that rogue operatives killed Mr Khashoggi by mistake during an interrogation.

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

Following Khashoggi's disappearance, a slew of businesses leaders and media companies announced they were pulling out of the Future Investment Initiative economic conference set for next week in Riyadh.

The Uber investment was the PIF's first major deal in the technology start-up market, signaling its shift in strategy toward more aggressive and eye-catching foreign investments. He asked that "the global community of nations will respect and acknowledge what Saudi Arabia has done".

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