Saudi Arabia to let Turkey search its Istanbul consulate

Alicia Cross
October 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia has strongly denied any involvement.

A US intelligence source told the New York Times that USA intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi agents discussing a plot to either capture or kill Khashoggi. And we're in contact with her now, and we want to bring her to the White House. "It's a awful thing".

Britain's foreign minister called for urgent answers and the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker, who has seen classified intelligence on the case, said information pointed to Khashoggi being killed.

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Trump also said he plans to invite Khashoggi's fiancee, Turkish national Hatice Cengiz, to the White House.

She wrote that she was "confident in the abilities of Turkish government officials".

He has been critical of some policies of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia asserts the allegations are "baseless".

Speaking during a radio interview earlier on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence said the USA "stands ready to assist in any way" in the investigation.

Pence did not indicate that either Turkey, which has launched an intensive investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, or Saudi Arabia has sought US assistance. He went into self-imposed exile in Washington DC, while also maintaining a base in Turkey.

He told reporters that "nobody knows what happened yet", and expressed a hope that the journalist may still be alive. Rand Paul (R-KY) encouraged him to join him in opposing further arms sales and military support to Saudi Arabia.

On October 8, Vice President Mike Pence addressed the journalist's disappearance on Twitter, posting, "Deeply troubled to hear reports about Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi".

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"Any country that makes such claims. just wants to display its support for the U.S. sanctions against Iran", Zanganeh was quoted as saying.

Angry lawmakers likely won't cause the administration to turn away from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Photos have surfaced of a 15-member "assassination squad" allegedly sent after the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.

She called on Trump to "help shed light" on the journalist's disappearance.

Turkish police were looking into two private aircraft which landed at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on October 2 at different times carrying 15 people of interest in the case, as well as the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped and taken aboard one of the planes, local media reported.

The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of what it referred to as the "assassination squad", apparently taken at passport control at the airport.

"It points to the idea that whatever has happened to him, the Saudis - I mean, they've got some explaining to do", Corker said in a Daily Beast report.

News channel 24 aired the video, suggesting that Mr Khashoggi was inside of the black Mercedes Vito, which resembled one parked outside of the consulate when the writer walked in on 2 October.

Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the orders of Saudi leadership, Turkish officials revealed to the New York Times.

A surveillance video image surfaced on Tuesday showing Khashoggi walking into the consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighborhood.

"Silence, denials and delays are not acceptable". They haven't searched the consulate yet, as they have promised to do. Saudi officials insisted, albeit without corroborating evidence, that the columnist for The Washington Post left the building through another exit.

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