Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Saudis said ready to concede writer was slain in botched interrogation

Saudis said ready to concede writer was slain in botched interrogation

Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Khashoggi, who wrote critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi as pressure builds up on Riyadh to come clean about the fate of the prominent journalist.

The State Department has urged a thorough investigation and called on Saudi Arabia to be transparent about the results - advice broadly tracking messages from allies in Europe.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has said officials will conduct an "inspection" of the consulate on Monday afternoon as it investigates Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkish authorities have told US officials that they have recordings from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that prove Khashoggi was killed inside, officials told NBC News.

Speaking to reporters after a phone call with King Salman, Mr Trump said the Saudi leader had firmly denied knowing what had happened to Mr Khashoggi.

Riyadh has struck back at the allegations, calling them "lies" and threatening retaliation over any possible economic sanctions by United States or other western countries. On October 2, Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate with his fiancée to get documents proving his divorce.

Next week's glittering economic conference in Riyadh is meant to showcase the best of modern Saudi Arabia.

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Kudlow also said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be attending a Saudi conference this week to address terrorist financing, but those plans could change as details of the investigation become available.

Trump says he doesn't "want to get" into King Salman's mind, but says, "it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers". The fallout from the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi may jeopardize that payday.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer". The CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, along with several other Wall Street top brass such as Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford have pulled out of the kingdom's Future Investment Initiative conference.

But on Sunday Saudi Arabia said it rejected political and economic "threats" over the missing journalist and would respond to any punitive action "with a bigger one".

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.

Saudi Minister of Information Awwad al-Awwad tweeted on Sunday that the kingdom "always prevails against its enemies. under the wise leadership of the king and crown prince" using the Arabic hashtag #Saudis_In_Line_With_TheLeadership.

"Together we must prove we will not be bullied or else, mark my words, once they have finished kicking the kingdom, we will be next in line", al-Habtoor said.

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