Liam Fox pulls out of Saudi investment conference

Alicia Cross
October 19, 2018

Turkish sources said the authorities have an audio recording but Ankara has not shared the graphic evidence with United States or European allies who are also investigating Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkish officials say they believe he was killed during his visit to the Saudi consulate just over two weeks ago.

"I do think it's important that everyone. keep in their mind that we have lots of important relationships - financial relationships between USA and Saudi companies, governmental relationship, things we work on together all across the world", Pompeo said. "You're going to get me in trouble". "This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post", she wrote.

In Turkey on Tuesday, a high-level Turkish official told the AP that police investigators searching the Saudi Consulate had found evidence that Khashoggi was killed there.

Khashoggi, who was living in Virginia at the time of his disappearance, traveled to Istanbul and entered the Saudi consulate there to obtain a document he needed to marry his fiancee. Now several news outlets - in Turkey and the United States - have reported the existence of audio tapes which they say prove this.

Khashoggi, a former regime insider who became critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has not been seen since he stepped inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to sort out marriage paperwork.

"As a result, Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate", Khashoggi wrote.

In the column, the Saudi journalist argued in favor of a free press in the Middle East. He also called for Congress to "sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia".

He has recently suggested that the global community had jumped to conclusions that Saudi Arabia was behind Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

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Khashoggi's editor said the article "perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world".

Saudi Arabia has strongly denied the allegations.

The president said he would get a "full report" from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the diplomat's return from meetings with Saudi and Turkish leaders, allowing him to assess what really happened.

In his brief comments to reporters, Pompeo also stressed the "longstanding strategic relationship" between the US and Saudi Arabia. Trump has speculated without providing evidence that "rogue killers" could be responsible.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he will not attend an investment conference in Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump has been even more forgiving, likening the Saudis to Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh and asserting that they could not be "guilty until proven innocent".

"Our foreign policy", he says, "has to serve our interest, which is to say the safety, security, and wellbeing of Americans".

According to a New York Times report, the money landed in American accounts on Tuesday and was for purported American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from the clutches of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

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