Saudi Arabia faces 'serious consequences' if Khashoggi claims true: UK

Marcus Newton
October 12, 2018

Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the building and his body removed, allegations that Riyadh dismisses as baseless.

"I have to find out what happened. and we're probably getting closer than you might think", he said in the Fox News interview.

"We can not let this happen - to reporters, to anybody", he added during the Oval Office meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator.

Mr Trump is a key ally of the oil-rich Gulf state and has expressed reservations over withholding American arm sales over the claims, but said the USA was working hard with Saudi Arabia and Turkey to get answers. "We want to see what's going on".

A team of 15 Saudis who flew in from Saudi Arabia to visit and leave the consulate on the same day of Khashoggi's disappearance is suspected of playing a role in his disappearance, people familiar with the investigation said in a Washington Post report. And we want to get to the bottom of it.

Miss Cengiz said Mr Khashoggi had visited the consulate on September 28 despite some concern that he could be in danger. He went in and doesn't look like he came out. It's a very bad situation. We have a lot of things happening in this country.

A joint Turkish-Saudi team will investigate the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi upon the kingdom's request, Presidential Aide Ibrahim Kalın said late Thursday.

Paul said he hopes Khashoggi's disappearance " motivates everybody to reassess our kinship and everything we do with Saudi Arabia". He says that stepping back from arms sales to the Saudis "a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country".

"I have to find out what happened", Trump said.

Trump went on to say relations with Saudi Arabia are "excellent", before arguing the country should pay more for US defense.

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Karen Elliott House, a veteran writer on Saudi affairs and chairwoman of the board of trustees at RAND Corp., said US support for the Yemen war is likely to be the focus of congressional criticism but won't endanger a relationship that has endured for decades, underpinned by shared strategic interests.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Trump's comments about the ongoing talks between the two countries over the issue. So far, I'm told, the Saudis haven't been co-operating - hence Ankara releasing the names of the alleged Saudi hit squad on Wednesday. According to CNN's Manu Raju, Corker said he was told that no such video exists, because the security feed only provides a live feed, with no recordings made.

But that's not enough for Khashoggi's fiance, who wrote an op-ed Tuesday imploring "President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance". "Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia", the letter stated. They haven't searched the consulate yet, as they have promised to do.

Kaye spoke to The Associated Press moments after he and two colleagues called for an worldwide, independent investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, top Turkish officials are saying definitively that Khashoggi was killed "on orders from the highest levels of the royal court", according to the Times.

But State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters they had no such tip.

Citing US intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the matter, the American daily - to which Khashoggi contributed as a columnist - reported Wednesday that details of the operation bore the hallmarks of a "rendition".

Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Prince Mohammed, who has led a widely publicised drive to reform the conservative Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.

Britain's foreign minister called for urgent answers and the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker, who has seen classified intelligence on the case, said information pointed to Khashoggi being killed. "They buy apartments from me". A spokesman for the State Department insisted the US government had "no advance warning" of Khashoggi's disappearance.

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