Khashoggi case: Pompeo 'doesn't listen to tape' during briefing in Turkey

World       by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

World by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

"We trust that this investigation will provide clarity and answers regarding the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi", said Mabaya. The daily reported that in another tape, an unknown individual tells Otaibi: "If you want to live when you come to Saudi Arabia, be quiet!"

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed Tuesday in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman about Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, who apparently went missing after going to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

President Donald Trump on Monday floated the idea that "rogue killers" were involved.

"I've been their biggest defender on the floor of the United States Senate", Graham said of the country, which has always been an ally of the United States despite its human rights abuses.

Trump also said Saudi Arabia is an important ally against Iran and the war on terror.

Pompeo said his conversation with the Saudis were "direct and candid".

Police apparently thought they would be able to conduct the search a day earlier, however Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saudi officials had halted that search, claiming Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi's family was still there.

One name matches a LinkedIn profile for a forensic expert who has worked at the interior ministry for 20 years.

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Turkish police wearing white coveralls, gloves and shoe covers today searched the home of the Saudi consul-general in Istanbul.

Turkish officials released a photo ofMutreb at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, and named him as part of a team of 15 Saudi agents reportedly sent in to confront Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where he was last seen on October 2, the report said.

"The one thing we really know as a solid fact is that Khashoggi went into the consulate and he was never seen coming out again", Colville said, adding that it seemed "very probable" that some crime had been committed.

- "Complete investigation" - Pompeo came to Ankara after Riyadh where he held a 20-minute talk with King Salman and then a brief meeting and much lengthier dinner with his son Prince Mohammed.

This is while Brett H. McGurk, the USA special envoy to the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh, asserted that Pompeo's visit to Saudi Arabia and the $100 million payment were not connected.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the United States should "sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia" and slammed the crown prince, known by his initials MBS, as a "toxic" figure. The New York Times reported Tuesday that a suspect identified by Turkey was a frequent companion of the prince's.

Prince Mohammed, who has enjoyed a close relationship with the Trump administration, has painted himself as the face of a new, vibrant Saudi Arabia, diversifying its economy away from reliance on oil and making some social changes. However, he has pushed back again any effort to cancel the mega United States dollars 110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia asserting that such a move will hurt USA economy and jobs.

Trump's previous warnings over the case drew an angry response Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon. But Saudi Arabia strongly rejects he was killed inside the mission.

The woman, who is a Turkish citizen, called police when Khashoggi did not emerge at 5 p.m., after the consulate had officially closed.

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