Turkey, Saudi leaders hold phone talk on missing journalist

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15 October, 2018

And a huge investment conference dubbed "Davos in the Desert", scheduled for later this month, has seen some leading speakers and participants drop out.

Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

This time, however, it acknowledged for the first time that Saudi Arabia was accused of killing Mr Khashoggi.

Later at the White House, he reiterated that there would be "powerful consequences" for Saudi Arabia.

But, he adds, that "cannot supersede our commitment to human rights".

US President Donald Trump has threatened the kingdom with "severe punishment" if Khashoggi, who has been critical of Prince Mohammed, was killed inside its Istanbul mission. The kingdom's government and people are "as glorious and steadfast as ever", it said. Kudlow isn't saying what Trump could do, but says Trump will "decide what the proper actions" are.

On Sunday, the oil-rich kingdom suggested retaliation if the USA were to impose strict measures.

The Saudi dissent vanished after entering the Gulf kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey 12 days ago.

A security personnel looks out from the entrance of the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his counterparts from France and Germany, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, said they have "grave concerns" about the situation.

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The Sunday statement by France, Germany and the United Kingdom said the countries "encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts" and "expect the Saudi government to provide a complete and detailed response".

Trump has said publicly that his administration is investigating Khashoggi's disappearance, and has promised to hold Saudi Arabia accountable.

Prince Khaled al-Faisal, a senior member of Saudi Arabia's ruling family and senior adviser to King Salman, has met with Erdogan to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters without providing details.

The warning from the world's top oil exporter came Sunday after a turbulent day on the Saudi stock exchange, which plunged as much as 7 percent at one point.

The statement went on to say that Saudi Arabia is "committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with worldwide laws and conventions".

Turkish officials had previously claimed that their Saudi counterparts carried out Khashoggi's kidnapping and murder.

Ms Thornberry said the alleged murder was "yet more evidence of how the Saudi prince in particular appears to be out of control" and "this country has had enough".

Rubio, who made the remark during an interview with NBC News' Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press," was specifically referring to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment", Trump told CBS News.

Sens. Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake, members of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Congress was prepared to move quickly and firmly if Trump failed to adequately respond to the October 2 disappearance of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who had written columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


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