Saudi king 'firmly denies' any role in Khashoggi mystery; Pompeo en route

Trump sending Pompeo 'immediately' to meet Saudi king over missing journalist
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19 October, 2018

One source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, CNN said on Monday.

The Turkish government has also told the Trump administration that it possesses audio recordings of what occurred inside the consulate that day - evidence that US officials said supports the conclusion that Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.

"The strong moral and legal responsibility which our father instilled in us obliges us to call for the establishment of an independent and impartial worldwide commission to inquire into the circumstances of his death", the family said.

CNN's report said the nation had not given its clearance for the attack on Khashoggi, and said "Those involved will be held responsible". Trump said he didn't "want to get into (King Salman's) mind", but told reporters: "it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers". Trump, largely following the advice of his advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, chose to visit Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip as president in May 2017. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King! Then, in August, Saudi leaders lashed out at Canada over a tweet criticizing their treatment of oppositionists-canceling flights, preventing Saudi students on government scholarship from studying at Canadian universities, and transferring sick Saudis from Canada's hospitals.

Pakistan Monday welcomed efforts of Saudi Arabia and Turkey to jointly investigate the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and expressed the hope that the two brotherly countries will be able to address the matter.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia considered delaying the Saudi investment conference until after the investigation, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators it said identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team which arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared.

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Saudi Arabia has responded to Western statements by saying it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions "with greater action", and Arab allies rallied to support it.

Meanwhile, the chiefs of Blackstone and BlackRock, two major U.S. investment firms, joined an exodus of executives pulling out of Crown Prince's "Davos in the Desert" summit.

As part of a growing global backlash against the Saudi government, some prominent business leaders and companies have said they will no longer attend a high-profile investment conference scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia later this month. The company negotiated the deal in January, as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman embarked on an ambitious plan to invest in Hollywood and develop a domestic entertainment economy. "Who knows, we're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial".

Then channel BeoutQ, allegedly based in Saudi Arabia, apparently started pirating beIN Sport's coverage of the English top flight.

In a sign of new cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia that could shed light on the disappearance, Turkish investigators wearing coveralls and gloves entered the consulate Monday.

The Saudis "have to be aware that if they move forward with the conference, the story will be 'nobody showed up, '" the source said.

Saudi Arabia agreed last week to allow Turkish officials to conduct a search but insisted it would only be a superficial "visual" inspection.


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