Turkey to Inspect Saudi Consulate Where Khashoggi Went Missing

Brenda Watkins
October 16, 2018

Saudi Arabia has continually denied being involved in Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and has said they will assist in a joint investigation into the disappearance.

The Saudi stock exchange opened about 2 per cent higher, after a plunge of at least 7 per cent the day before following President Donald Trump's warning that the oil-rich kingdom deserved "severe punishment" if it is proven to have been responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

Trump has said he probably will not cancel a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudi government because that could unnecessarily harm the U.S.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Trump was sending Pompeo to Riyadh because "determining what happened to Jamal Khashoggi is something of great importance to the president".

In other words, if Saudi Arabia really did send a team to torture, kill and dismember Khashoggi - a journalist who wrote for the Washington Post - weapons sales are still more important.

Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul over a week ago after apparently giving his fiancee his iPhone, which the watch was synced with. "We're very much working with our allies in the worldwide community to try and bring forward a concerted, or at least an aligned, response as we learn more about this situation", Trudeau said during a "fireside chat" at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.

Turkish officials have said they have audio and video that proves Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. One security official told The New York Times that a squad of 15 Saudi men arrived in Istanbul and killed Khashoggi.

"I heard that report, but nobody knows if it's an official report", Trump told reporters, without elaborating.

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The Saudi Government issued a statement condemning and denouncing "the false accusations circulated in media reports on the Saudi Government and other people in the purported relation to the disappearance" of Khashoggi. Trump announced he'd dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the kingdom - and anywhere else necessary - to get to the bottom of the apparent demise of Khashoggi, a Saudi who had been living and working in the United States.

Saudi's ruling family have always been linked with a takeover of United and the club have a strong working relationship with the country.

The Saudis have insisted that Khashoggi, who would have been 60 on Saturday, left the building...

"If they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China or they're going to buy it from other countries", Trump said at a news conference on Saturday.

Investigators entered the building in Istanbul on Monday afternoon - first a Saudi team followed roughly an hour later by Turkish forensic police.

Late Sunday, King Salman spoke on the telephone with President Erdoğan about Khashoggi. But Khashoggi's disappearance has led several business leaders and media outlets to back out of the upcoming investment conference in Riyadh called the Future Investment Initiative.

It is still unclear whether US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will attend the conference.

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