Turkish police leave Saudi consulate in Istanbul after 9 hours

Turkish police leave Saudi consulate in Istanbul after 9 hours

Turkish police leave Saudi consulate in Istanbul after 9 hours

Saudi Arabia is reportedly allowing Turkey, which reportedly says it has audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was killed, to search its Istanbul consulate.

One source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, CNN said today.

Khashoggi has been missing since he stepped inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, with Turkish officials saying they believe he has been killed.

"Together we must prove we will not be bullied or else, mark my words, once they have finished kicking the kingdom, we will be next in line", al-Habtoor said.

Global concern continues to grow over the writer who vanished on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Saudi Arabia's ambitious Vision 2030 project - the brainchild of the kingdom's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - is heavily dependent on overseas investment.

On Sunday, Riyadh angrily rejected political and economic "threats" over the case of the missing journalist and said it would respond to any punitive action "with a bigger one".

Mr Trump dispatched his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the kingdom on Monday to find out "first-hand what happened, what they know, what's going on".

Officially entitled the Future Finance Initiative, the Saudi conference describes itself as an "international platform for expert-led debate between investors, innovators and governments as well as economic leaders".

On Sunday, the Saudi Embassy followed up by writing on Twitter: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia extends...appreciation to all, including the USA administration, for refraining from jumping to conclusions on the ongoing investigation".

Analysts said, however, that it was hard to imagine Saudi Arabia taking action that would hit world oil supply.

Khashoggi had visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for an appointment related to his upcoming wedding.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump threatened "severe punishment" if it is determined that Saudi Arabia is behind the journalist's disappearance.

The comments marked a break from the Trump administration's strenuous refusal to speculate over what happened to Khashoggi and came as the United States president is under growing pressure to take action on the case of the Saudi writer, who was a contributor to The Washington Post and wrote columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The search came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman also had their first telephone talks since the controversy erupted, in what appeared to be a conciliatory conversation according to official readouts.

The World Bank, The New York Times, Bloomberg, CNBC and Uber have also announced their decision to pull out the conference amid the ongoing scandal around Khashoggi's disappearance.

A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators who it said had identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team that arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared. A spokesman for JPMorgan confirmed chief executive Jamie Dimon will no longer attend, but declined to say why.

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