Trump Accuses Saudis Of 'Lies' As Europe Condemns Khashoggi Killing

Trump Accuses Saudis Of 'Lies' As Europe Condemns Khashoggi Killing

Trump Accuses Saudis Of 'Lies' As Europe Condemns Khashoggi Killing

Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi royal family, was last seen when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Sunday defended his decision to attend an anti-terror summit in Saudi Arabia despite the global outrage over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death, saying the two countries must continue to maintain their ties.

The US could impose sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed if he were found culpable in the killing, Corker said, but there should also be a collective response with US allies that are looking to Washington for leadership.

Turkish pro-government media had said for days that an official hit squad had traveled from Saudi Arabia to kill Khashoggi. "These things have to be told in detail", he said, referring to Riyadh's announcement on Saturday that 18 people had been arrested in connection with the incident. Merkel said "nothing has been explained so far and we need to explain it". In the past, military exports by Berlin to Saudi have mostly consisted of patrol boats. Prosecutors have previously questioned consulate staff; some Turkish employees reportedly said they were instructed not to go to work around the time that Khashoggi disappeared.

The Istanbul governor's office has put Ms Cengiz, a Turkish national, under 24-hour police protection, Anadolu said.

"The emerging circumstances of Jamal Khashoggi's death are deeply troubling, including the shocking violation of the 1963 Vienna convention on consular relations", Mogherini said.

The comments from Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir were some of the most direct yet from Riyadh which has given multiple and conflicting accounts about Khashoggi's killing on Oct.2, first denying his death before admitting it on Saturday amid an worldwide outcry.

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Ahmed al-Assiri, the deputy head of Saudi intelligence and a close adviser to the crown prince. "We don't know where the body is", Jubeir said.

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Turkish forensic teams earlier this week searched the consulate building where Khashoggi was last seen entering two weeks ago. The kingdom also denied an assertion by France that it held Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri captive in November 2017.

Al-Jubeir said the kingdom's investigation is ongoing, and called the killing a "huge and grave mistake". "That is unacceptable to the government".

The whereabouts of Khashoggi's body remain unknown. The killing was a "shocking violation" of an worldwide treaty on consular relations, the European Union foreign service said.

Photos show several Saudi operatives present at the consulate had been part of the crown prince's security detail at various times, including during a tour of the US a year ago.

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

"I'm okay going through the deal if they show they are going to change", Graham said of a lucrative arms deal with the Saudis. It also said the United Nations should investigate his death.

But he claims authorities are working to find out where the body is so that they can hold those responsible to account.

The Saudi official confirmed that both were part of the 15-man team, but said al-Tubaigy was tapped not for his expertise in dealing with dead bodies, but rather for his experience in forensics and his skill in removing evidence from crime scenes.

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