The Debate - Missing Saudi Journalist

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chats with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan in Jeddah Saudi Arabia
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22 October, 2018

Turkish police and prosecutors this week searched both the consulate as well as the consul's residence in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday conceded journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as Turkey has alleged.

The death of Khashoggi has evoked widespread condemnation from governments and has seen many world leaders, multinational companies and foreign media operations pull out of the upcoming Future of Investment conference the country is hosting.

Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime, was apparently tortured to death and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"I'm sure I'll be speaking with the president before I go there", Mnuchin said.

Saudi Arabia admitted that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died, and said it fired two senior officials over the incident that has provoked global outcry.

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Riyadh on Saturday admitted after days of denials that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, allegedly after a quarrel and a brawl with unidentified men. "We have nothing to hide", says the crown prince. The monarch also relieved deputy intelligence chief General Ahmed al-Assiri of his duties and ordered the formation of a committee headed by Prince Mohammed to restructure the intelligence agency.

"We can feel their pain and we wish this didn't happen and I wish that this could have been avoided", he said.

Al-Jubeir said Khashoggi was approached by "Saudi security team" when he entered the consulate on October 2 and their account of what happened after that differed from that of Turkish officials, which prompted the Saudis to investigate.

But many questions have remained unanswered since the admission.

Trump, who has significant business interests in Saudi Arabia, has defended the kingdom - a key American ally in the Middle East for over 70 years, despite its poor human rights track record. "I do", he said. A person with knowledge of the matter said the Washington Post contributor died after he was placed in a choke hold following a physical altercation.

Mr. Trump has expressed uncertainty toward the Saudi moves, saying the acknowledgement of Mr. Khashoggi's death and the arrest of Saudi officials marks "a good first step" but that he is still "not satisfied until we find the answer".

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