Trump says Saudi prince vows 'full' probe into missing journalist

Trump says Saudi prince vows 'full' probe into missing journalist

Trump says Saudi prince vows 'full' probe into missing journalist

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist, was a prominent critic of the Saudi leadership.

"We can feel their pain and we wish this didn't happen and I wish that this could have been avoided", he said in an interview with Fox News. However, he has pushed back again any effort to cancel the mega Dollars 110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia asserting that such a move will hurt U.S. economy and jobs.

But Turkey's reaction is being especially closely watched, because Turkish authorities are said to possess evidence, including audio recordings, that could reveal exactly how Khashoggi died. "I will make a detailed statement in an address to the [parliamentary AKP] fraction on Tuesday", the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, had already said on Saturday that he now saw "no basis for decisions in favour of arms exports to Saudi Arabia".

Saudi Arabia is the UK's key ally in the region and also a significant trading partner.

However, he made it clear that he believed the murder was directed by the prince, who has consolidated power in the world's top oil exporter and courted US President Donald Trump.

Early Saturday, Oct. 21, the Saudi government acknowledged for the first time that Khashoggi was dead.

He said he was uncertain of the details of the Khashoggi case. Two of Mohammed's close advisers were among those fired.

Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi went missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul early this month.

Trump initially said he believed the Saudi account, but on Saturday he said he still does not know where Khashoggi's body is.

Despite Trump's hesitation to speak out against the Saudi royal family, Tillis said he believes "the president will take the appropriate action when all the facts are in". Yes, I think he did it. Let's finish this investigation, we have the best in the world at being able to do that.

Another Turkish ruling party official also criticised Saudi Arabia, saying the kingdom should have given its explanation "before the situation reached this point". "Everybody can say what they wish, but it's just not a credible story for someone to walk in with 15 other people and get into a fistfight and lose their life".

He termed the killing a "tremendous mistake" but one which the US-Saudi relationship would eventually overcome.


Merkel and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued a statement saying: "We expect transparency from Saudi Arabia about the circumstances of his death. The information available about events in the Istanbul consulate is inadequate".

But following "reports we were getting from Turkey", Saudi authorities began an investigation, which discovered he was killed in the diplomatic mission.

It comes as Germany's foreign minister called into question the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist, who wrote for The Washington Post and lived in U.S. as legal permanent resident was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish government sources have claimed that Mr Khashoggi was tortured and murdered by a hit squad flown in from Riyadh. This is not an explanation; it is a coverup.

Barring an unlikely "confession" from Prince Mohammed, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said Sunday, "the president is going to accept the crown prince's denials like he's accepted Putin's denials and Kim Jong Un's denials".

The kingdom's closest Arab allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, have pledged their support.

"This is not over".

Corker said the Saudis have "lost all credibility" and fellow Republican Senator Ben Sasse said they "have a lot of explaining to do". "We want Jamal's murderers to be punished".

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