Cabinet welcomes joint Saudi-Turkish Khashoggi probe

Mae Love
October 17, 2018

Following talks, Pompeo also said Saudi Arabia has made a "serious commitment" to hold senior leaders and officials accountable in the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Given there seems to be clear evidence that Mr. Khashoggi entered the consulate and has never been seen since, the onus is on the Saudi authorities to reveal what happened to him", Bachelet said.

But he refused to say whether he thought Khashoggi was alive or dead or who could be responsible. The Trump administration's ongoing courtship of Saudi Arabia is on pause.

The case has provoked an worldwide outcry against Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, with more media and business executives pulling out of a planned investment conference there this month.

What has Prince Mohammed said?

No details have been released, but afterwards Mr Cavusoglu said they are hoping investigators will be able to gain access to the residence later on Wednesday.

"Of course they'd like to see me out of the picture", she said Khashoggi told her.

"Answers will be forthcoming shortly", Trump added.

Freeland said she's been in contact with her G7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as the German, British and Turkish foreign ministers.

"We just went through that with Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I'm concerned", Trump told the AP. Only those politicians, media professionals and research institutes financially backed by the Saudi government will continue to support the crown prince, he said.

The controversy has blown a massive hole in attempts by Prince Mohammed to promote himself as a modern reformer and led to a spate of cancellations from a major Riyadh investment conference scheduled next week.

The recent, highly charged exchange of words between Washington and Riyadh now appears to have given way to a mutual search for the least bad explanation. "They didn't want to either".

Which begs the wider question: is the West's relationship with Saudi Arabia so important that it outweighs the need to condemn and punish what many believe was a state-sponsored murder of a journalist inside a consulate?

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On Tuesday, Pompeo landed in Riyadh to meet with King Salman to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance.

What is the state of investigation?

Turkish police had been expected to search the Saudi consul's Istanbul residence on Tuesday.

The newspaper said Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi could be heard on the tape, telling those allegedly torturing Khashoggi: "Do this outside; you're going to get me in trouble".

Khashoggi hadn't been seen since he entered the consulate to obtain marriage license papers on October 2, and evidence points to Khashoggi having been killed and dismembered.

A Turkish official is quoted by Reuters as saying "strong evidence" was found but no conclusive proof. They once again cited anonymous sources, however.

Despite the lurid allegations published in media loyal to him, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also taken a circumspect line in the case, saying his priority is to uncover the truth through an investigation. Khashoggi was a US resident who wrote columns for the Washington Post and he was critical of the Saudi government, calling for reforms.

What is alleged to have happened at the consulate?

Iran has been playing it cool as it watches the furore over the disappearance of writer Jamal Khashoggi create a crisis for its regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Then, the voice of a man identified by Turkish officials as Dr. Salah al-Tubaigy, a forensic physician and "autopsy expert", can be heard recommending other people present listen to some music while he dismembered The Washington Post contributor's body, the sources said.

Reports suggest an assault and struggle took place in the building.

Saudi Arabia has made no official statement about the men or said why they may have been in Istanbul on October 2.

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