Erdoğan, Saudi King discuss Khashoggi case over phone

Esequiel Farfan
Octubre 16, 2018

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on October 2.

Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the building and his body removed, allegations that Riyadh dismisses as baseless.

Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist, disappeared after entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

On Monday, the Saudi government permitted Turkish officials to inspect the consulate nearly two weeks after Khashoggi first went missing.

In an apparent response to Trump's comments, a Saudi official said if any moves were taken against the kingdom "it will respond with greater action".

The Journal, like CNN, said the Saudi statement has not been finalized.

TRT World's Francis Collings has more from outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Boeing, meanwhile, signed an agreement with the country to help it build rotary-wing military aircraft in Saudi Arabia, which it said was expected to generate $22 billion in revenue and 6,000 jobs by 2030. They provided no further details.

The Saudis have insisted that Khashoggi, who would have been 60 on Saturday, left the building...

When pushed on what King Salman thinks happened, Mr Trump said: "He didn't really know. In no way is it going to sink US companies if they can't export to Saudi Arabia".

Donald Trump has speculated that "rogue killers" may have been responsible for the death.

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"Been hearing the ridiculous "rogue killers" theory was where the Saudis would go with this", Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said on Twitter. "Secretary Mnuchin should immediately cancel his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia and after a two year delay, the Trump Administration should finally nominate a U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia".

"He may go to Turkey".

Worldwide concern continues to grow over the writer who vanished on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Turkish and Saudi authorities have now been told to launch a "credible investigation" into Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

Claims that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi recorded audio of his own torture and murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on his Apple Watch are being questioned by cyber security experts.

"It has been 13 days since the event, so surely proving some of the evidence might be difficult" the Turkish official said.

SAUDI KING THANKS PRESIDENT ERDOĞANA delegation of Saudi officials sent to Turkey to join their Turkish counterparts to find out what happened to Khashoggi spent hours at Istanbul Police Department Headquarters on Vatan Boulevard.

The Saudi stock exchange opened about 2 per cent higher, after a plunge of at least 7 per cent the day before following President Donald Trump's warning that the oil-rich kingdom deserved "severe punishment" if it is proven to have been responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi, a familiar face on Arab talk shows, moved to the United States a year ago fearing retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement last week he is pulling out of the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia because of growing outrage over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist in Turkey.

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