Saudi considers admitting Khashoggi died in botched op

Saudi considers admitting Khashoggi died in botched op

Saudi considers admitting Khashoggi died in botched op

U.S. President Donald Trump has sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia over the case, potentially straining the relationship between the strategic allies.

A Turkish diplomatic source had earlier said a joint Turkish-Saudi team would search the building - the last place Khashoggi was seen before he vanished on October 2.

Trump quoted the King on Monday as saying that neither he nor his son, Crown Prince Mohammed, had any information about what had happened to Khashoggi. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!'

The Journal, like CNN, said the Saudi statement has not been finalised.

Trump says he doesn't "want to get" into King Salman's mind, but says, "it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers". Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN on Sunday. He entered the consulate alone and never came out.

A senior member of Saudi Arabia's ruling family, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, has met Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters without providing details of the talks. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate.

Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

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

Khashoggi was USA resident and wrote articles for The Washington Post, splitting his time between Virginia, London, and Istanbul since he left Saudi Arabia in June 2017.

Referring to a $110 billion weapons deal previously signed by Riyadh and Washington and noting that Khashoggi was not a USA citizen, Trump told journalists last week that he didn't really want to stop "massive amounts of money" from being poured into the USA from Saudi Arabia. Prince Mohammed told Reuters previous year that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

"There's something really bad and disgusting about that if that were the case", he said, referring to allegations by Turkish authorities that Saudi Arabia was involved. Several business leaders and media outlets have backed out of the upcoming investment conference in Riyadh, called the Future Investment Initiative.

The Saudi regime, for its part, has fervently denied accusations that it had anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance and threatened to retaliate against nations that attempt to hold the kingdom accountable.

Presidential aide Ibrahim Kalın announced last week that a joint team would be formed to investigate the disappearance of Khashoggi upon the kingdom's request.

Pointing out that Russia and China were ready to step in, he added that "no one can deny that repercussions of these sanctions will include a Russian military base in Tabuk, northwest of Saudi Arabia, in the heated four corners of Syria, Israel, Lebanon and Iraq".

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