Monday, 19 November, 2018

Turkey suggests Khashoggi's remains taken out of consulate

Audio recording emerges of 'murder' of Saudi journalist Liam Fox pulls out of 'Davos in the Desert' summit in Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi allegations
Andy Castillo | 19 October, 2018, 16:41

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump added his voice to concerns for Mr Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh to discuss the situation with King Salman.

"We will share the results that emerge transparently with the whole world".

Trump previously speculated without providing evidence that "rogue killers" could be responsible.

"There are more structural problems with the relationship (between the USA and Saudi Arabia) that relate to Mohammed bin Salman's consolidation of power", said Barbara A. Leaf, senior fellow at The Washington Institute and former US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Many top business executives have pulled out of the conference, which Saudi Arabia had hoped to use to boost its global image. I mean, it's bad, bad stuff.

After initially denying any role in the matter, Saudi authorities have reportedly changed their tune.

The search of Belgrade Forest on Istanbul's European side began on Thursday, Turkish daily Cumhuriyet and NTV broadcaster said.

"We approach them as though they're honest people dealing with us wanting to improve the lives of the people in the country they come from", he said.

Only then, Pompeo said, "we can make decisions how or if the United States should respond".

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Khashoggi "promised me to sponsor the project and I guess they could listen in to those conversations", he said . Later, at the White House, he reiterated that there would be "powerful consequences" for Saudi Arabia.

Writing on Twitter, after meeting President Trump and Pompeo, Mnuchin said, "we have decided I will not be participating".

Turkish police are searching a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul and a city near the Sea of Marmara for remains of a Saudi dissident journalist who disappeared two weeks ago after entering the Saudi consulate, two Turkish officials said.

On Friday, Turkey's pro-government Sabah newspaper printed more surveillance camera photographs allegedly showing members of a Saudi team that was brought in to Turkey to dispose of Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, which sponsors the event, took a minority stake in Deadline and Variety owner PMC earlier this year for a reported $200 million.

Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "I know what I'm going to do and I'm going to sanction the hell out of Saudi".

Although Pompeo suggested the USA could wait longer for results, an official familiar with his meetings in Riyadh and Ankara said the secretary had been blunt about the need to wrap the probe up quickly.

Leading human rights and journalists' organisations have urged Turkey to ask the United Nations to launch an investigation into the disappearance and "possible extrajudicial execution" of Mr Khashoggi.

Trump so far has resisted the call for strong action against Saudi Arabia.

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