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Murdered Journalist in Saudi Consulate? - Time to Examine US Relations

16 October, 2018, 14:43 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland in 2011

His comments came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump expressed concern about the situation.

On Friday, Trump vowed to raise the matter with Saudi King Salman and claims that answers will come "sooner than people think", but senior administration officials described a process that could take weeks, if not months, to determine what precisely happened to Khashoggi and develop a USA response if it is determined he was killed on orders from the Saudi government. "I do not like it", Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. Al-Jazeera, Qatar's state-funded broadcaster, has focused extensively on the case in recent days.

The Hurriyet newspaper and other media alleged that the Saudi Consulate's 28 local staff were given the day off October 2 because a "diplomats' meeting" would be held there on that day.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement late Monday urged "the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Saudi Arabia has the responsibility to prove its claim that a missing Saudi journalist left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

However, in the Turkish press there are reports that the Saudi Ambassador had asked Khashoggi to apologize to the king, which the journalist had denied to do.

"We have to get an outcome from this investigation as soon as possible", Erdogan said from Budapest.

Human rights groups have called on Saudi Arabia to verify his whereabouts. Turkish officials told several media organizations that he had been murdered inside the consulate.

The sources did not say how they believed the killing was carried out. Behind the scenes, though, top Trump administration aides have been reaching out to Saudi officials to seek information about Khashoggi's whereabouts and the circumstances of his freaky disappearance, administration officials told NBC News.

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The Saudi government issues a statement confirming Khashoggi is missing.

"If this is true - that the Saudis lured a USA resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia", Murphy wrote on Twitter.

Riyadh must provide "honest answers", Graham said on his Twitter account, adding his position is shared by fellow Senators Bob Corker, a Republican, and Ben Cardin, a Democrat.

Saudi Arabia remained silent at the accusation as the images were seen around the world, raising pressure on the kingdom to explain what happened to the writer, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Meanwhile, harsh reactions and demands for accountability are pouring in from US lawmakers of both parties, as well as from other Western governments such as the United Kingdom. Sen.

The Saudi journalist was at the consulate in order to obtain documents that certified his divorce. She accused Saudi Arabia of "state terrorism" and called on the worldwide community to take action against the kingdom.

Turkish investigators told the Post they think Khashoggi was killed by a 15-member Saudi team sent "specifically for the murder", according to the Post, which cited two people with knowledge about the investigation.

The growing dispute over his fate threatens relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey and raises new questions about the kingdom and the actions of its assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom Khashoggi wrote critically about in his columns.

She said Mr Khashoggi was required to surrender his mobile phone, which is standard practice in some diplomatic missions.

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