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Saudi Arabia Vows Retaliation if Punished over Missing Critic Saudi king calls Erdogan as Khashoggi fallout widens
Andy Castillo | 16 October, 2018, 13:02

A team of Turkish police investigating the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, spent more than nine hours in the building, a Reuters witness said.

And so what the statement will say, according to the CNN report, is that Mohammed bin Salman might have been aware of the rendition, but wasn't responsible for the murder.

One of the sources acknowledged that the report is still being prepared and cautioned that things could change.

Earlier Monday, US President Donald Trump told reporters that King Salman of Saudi Arabia strongly denied that his government had any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and United States resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on October 2. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed, in a case that has provoked an worldwide outcry.

CNN reports that the Saudi government is preparing to say Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong.

"BGR is no longer working for Saudi Arabia", said Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, president of BGR's public relations division.

Meanwhile, there is concern Khashoggi's disappearance could add to a sense that Saudi policy has become more unpredictable under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is pushing social reforms to modernise the kingdom but has also presided over a rise in tensions between Riyadh and several other countries.

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The Saudi government, it said, would shield the prince by blaming an intelligence official for the botched operation.

The disappearance earlier this month of a Saudi journalist critical of Riyadh has provoked an global outcry against the oil-rich kingdom.

"And princesses, fleeing Saudi Arabia", Alhadj said. Turkish authorities have said they have evidence proving that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, while Riyadh officials have claimed that Khashoggi was alive when he left the building and they do not know what happened to him. They provided no further details.

The king thanked Erdogan for welcoming the Saudi proposal for the joint group and said no one could undermine their relationship.

"The denial was very, very strong", Mr Trump later told reporters at the White House. "Pointing out that US President Donald Trump had expressed anger after oil reached $80 a barrel, he asked readers to imagine what it would be like if it oil jumped to "$100, or $200, or even double that figure".

Trump called Khashoggi's disappearance a "terrible situation". Cengiz waits for him outside for four hours, but he never comes out and is told by consulate staff that he left out a back door. Pompeo is expected to go to Riyadh and later visit Turkey.

Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

Jamal Khashoggi, a well-known journalist and critic of the Saudi government, has not been seen since he attended Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul last week.

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