Turkey yet to share Khashoggi audio, video evidence with US -sources

Aaron Brown
October 19, 2018

Pompeo stressed that the United States and Saudi Arabia have important links, including working on countering Iran.

Pompeo, the USA secretary of state, is due to return on Wednesday from a trip to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, where he met with leaders to discuss reports that Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, sparking worldwide outcry and concern.

Pompeo, fresh off meetings with the Saudi royal court in Riyadh, has been generally tight-lipped about his discussions, but officials in Turkey - where Khashoggi went missing two weeks ago after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul - described talks with Pompeo as "beneficial and fruitful".

The US president has been on the defensive ever since Khashoggi - a US resident and Washington Post contributor who had criticised Prince Mohammed - vanished on Oct 2 after visiting the Istanbul consulate.

The newspaper said Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi could be heard on the tape, telling those allegedly torturing Khashoggi: 'Do this outside; you're going to get me in trouble'. The Turkish government alleges he was murdered, a charge the Saudis have vehemently denied.

Danny Toma, a retired USA foreign service officer, tells OneNewsNow the United States must tread carefully before directing accusing bin Salman.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) had personally ordered the assassination of Saudi-national Jamal Khoshoggi, according to American writer and political analyst Stephen Lendman.

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

Leading human rights and journalists' organizations urged Turkey on Thursday to ask the United Nations to launch an investigation into the disappearance and "possible extrajudicial execution" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"We remain very troubled by the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi", the statement said.

Trump has previously warned that the kingdom will face "severe punishment" from the US if it is determined that Saudi Arabia was responsible for Khashoggi's death.

"They said, 'We have audio on this".

Trump was at Joint Base Andrews and was asked by reporters if he thought the journalist was killed on Thursday prior to boarding Air Force One. Trump has speculated without providing evidence that "rogue killers" could be responsible.

Multiple Turkish outlets reported that the prince's close confidante Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb was caught on surveillance video entering the consulate just hours before Khashoggi arrived for his appointment.

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