Pressure on Saudis over missing Khashoggi

Pressure on Saudis over missing Khashoggi

Pressure on Saudis over missing Khashoggi

After Jamal Khashoggi, an occasional columnist for The Washington Post, disappeared in Turkey, the American media ran wild with speculation.

President Trump made the speculation of "rogue killers" after his phone call with King Salman on Monday, during which he said the Saudi leader flatly denied allegations of murder.

Nauert said that during Pompeo's meeting with the king, the secretary of state thanked Salman for "his commitment to supporting a thorough, transparent and timely investigation of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance".

Speaking to reporters in the White House this morning, Trump said King Salman's denial "could not have been stronger".

"The strong moral and legal responsibility which our father instilled in us obliges us to call for the establishment of an independent and impartial global commission to inquire into the circumstances of his death".

"I think one of the strong things that we can do is not only stop military sales, not only put sanctions on Saudi Arabia, but most importantly, get out of this awful, bad war in Yemen led by the Saudis", Sen.

The comments marked a break from the Trump administration's previous refusal to speculate over the fate of Khashoggi and came as the U.S. president is under growing pressure to take action on the case.

In a tweet on Monday morning, he emphasized that US resident Khashoggi is a "Saudi citizen", and that King Salman "denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened".

Handshake: US President Donald Trump with and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh in May past year.

They entered the building on the day when a team of investigators, put together by Ankara and Riyadh, were to search the consulate where Turkish authorities claim Saudi dissident journalist was killed.

Turkey believes Khashoggi was deliberately killed in the Saudi consulate and his body was removed on Oct 2.

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Turkish officials had speculated that the Saudi government would blame "rogue" elements of its security services as a way of insulating Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, from worldwide criticism.

Trump called Khashoggi's disappearance a "terrible situation".

Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The journalist, who has written for The Washington Post, is known to be critical of the Saudi government.

Saudi Arabia has been under intense worldwide pressure to explain Khashoggi's apparent death. He said Pakistan has close and fraternal relationship with both Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Cengiz said she waited for Khashoggi to come out of the consulate, but he never left.

On Sunday, the oil-rich kingdom suggested retaliation if the USA were to impose strict measures.

President Donald Trump opened the door Monday to the possibility that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may drop out of a high-profile investor conference in Saudi Arabia next week.

Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

Pompeo was dispatched to Saudi Arabia by Trump, who warned of "severe punishment" for the kingdom if it was involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

He added: "The president did not elaborate on why he said 'rogue killers maybe.' Fox News knows of no intelligence and no evidence to back up that statement".

"It has been 13 days since the event, so surely proving some of the evidence might be difficult" the Turkish official said.

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