Pompeo stresses long-term strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia

WaPo Reluctantly Runs Khashoggi's Final Column
Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished
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19 October, 2018

"Police teams focused on the ground floor of the residence of al-Otaibi", the report said, stressing that the investigation will be extended to other venues. "Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post", she wrote.

Turkish crime scene teams were seen leaving the consulate early on Thursday morning.

Officials in Turkey believe Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate, but his death has not been confirmed.

The newspaper said they received his column, titled "What the Arab world needs most is free expression", after Khashoggi disappeared just over two weeks ago. The Washington Post reported that Turkey had informed USA officials about audio and video recordings suggesting that the journalist had been murdered in the Saudi Consulate. He spoke by phone a day earlier with King Salman, and he said both deny any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi.

Turkish officials say they fear that Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who had been in living self-imposed exile in the United States, was killed and dismembered after he entered the consulate.

Khashoggi wrote the "ripe" hope of future freedoms felt by many during the Arab Spring of 2011, which saw popular uprisings throughout the Middle East, had been "shattered". He also called the kingdom an "important counterterrorism partner".

Saudi Arabia is one of Washington's closest allies and the Khashoggi disappearance is putting the administration in an awkward position.

Mnuchin's announcement came moments after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stepped out of the White House and told reporters the Saudis had "assured me they will conduct a complete, thorough investigation of all of the facts surrounding Mr. Khashoggi and do so in a timely fashion and that the report itself will be transparent".

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In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi to the allegations of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

The United States and President Donald Trump have stopped short of condemning the conservative kingdom amid growing concerns over how Saudi Arabia's relations with the USA and the rest of the world would be affected if it emerged that the country orchestrated Khashoggi's killing.

Tubaiqi was there as a forensic pathologist and his study was paid for by the government of Saudi Arabia, Withers said.

The Sabah newspaper's report showed the man also later outside the Saudi consul general's home, checking out of a Turkish hotel as a large suitcase stood by his side, and leaving Turkey on October 2.

Dr Fox's withdrawal leaves Steve Mnuchen, the USA treasury secretary, as one of the last Western officials still scheduled to attend the conference after wave of cancellations.

Confirming that the tape said to provide evidence of the killing had been requested, Mr Trump added: "I'm not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does".

According to a Tuesday New York Times report, an unnamed official told the outlet that "the timing of this was no coincidence".


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