Trump vows 'severe punishment' if Saudis killed Jamal Khashoggi

Clay Curtis
October 14, 2018

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, top Turkish authorities have told USA news organizations that they believe Khashoggi was assassinated at the consulate on orders from Saudi Arabia's royal court.

Saudi authorities have yet to give a clear explanation of Khashoggi's fate, while several countries - particularly Turkey, the US, and the U.K - are pressing the case to be cleared up as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the Turkish foreign minister said Saudi Arabia must cooperate with the investigation and allow Turkish officials to enter its Istanbul consulate.

Omer Celik, a spokesman for Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party, said that Khashoggi's disappearance will be "investigated strongly". "There's something - you'll be surprised to hear me say that, there's something really awful and disgusting about that if that was the case so we're going to have to see".

"I don't want to hurt jobs, I don't want to lose an order like that", Mr Trump said. The sale is a "tremendous order for our companies", he said, and if the kingdom doesn't buy its weaponry from the United States, they will buy it from Russian Federation or China.

He said the government of Saudi Arabia is "committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with worldwide laws and conventions".

Reports claim Jamal Khashoggi, 59, recorded his own torture and murder on the device after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone to obtain paperwork to marry his fiancee.

The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Turkey informed U.S. officials about audio and video recordings suggesting the journalist had been allegedly murdered in the Saudi consulate. "We would be very upset and angry if that was the case".

However, the government has agreed to a joint investigation with the Saudis, and a Saudi delegation arrived in Turkey on Friday to take part in talks expected over the weekend.

In an interview for CBS's 60 Minutes, he said the Saudis had denied involvement in the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi on October 2 "in every way possible", but added: "Could it be them? Yes".

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of interior, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif on Saturday denounced the "false accusations" being circulated in some media outlets linking the Saudi government and people to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"His voice and his ideas will reverberate, from Turkey to Saudi Arabia, and across the world".

"We're gong to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment".

'He said, "See you later my darling", and went in, ' she told the Associated Press.

Separately, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, the State Department said Friday.

Commons Foreign Affairs Committee chairman MP Tom Tugendhat said the United Kingdom must consider its relations with Saudi Arabia if the state ordered Khashoggi's murder.

Several businesses and media companies have since backed out of the event in Riyadh on October 23.

"I'm very troubled by the reports to date about Jamal Khashoggi", Khosrowshahi said.

Head of the Syrian National Assembly Mohamed Barmou said in a statement to Okaz that the enemies of the Kingdom were behind Khashoggi's abduction.

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