Suspect in Khashoggi Murder Killed in 'Suspicious' Car Accident

Oct 19, 2018, 09:01
Suspect in Khashoggi Murder Killed in 'Suspicious' Car Accident

Trump, who has forged closer ties with Saudi Arabia and the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that Khashoggi had been murdered. Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Stef Blok said that the countries demanded clarification from Saudi Arabia regarding Khashoggi's disappearance.

He also said 'there is a serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials'.

No details were immediately released about the talks in Ankara, and while the trio posed for photos before their meetings, they said nothing in front of journalists. Saudi Arabia has "a healthy spare capacity to serve as a buffer against any emergency", he added.

"It certainly looks that way to me, it's very sad", Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One to attend a political rally in Montana.

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President Donald Trump is facing increased pressure from Congress over his handling of Khashoggi's disappearance, exposing a widening rift between the White House and Capitol Hill over the USA relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Still, the State Department said in an email reply to ABC News that Pompeo had not heard the recording.

Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, where Turkish officials allege he was killed.

The Turkish authorities say they have audio and video evidence of the killing - although these have not been made public.

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A United States government source said that USA intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced of the crown prince's culpability in the operation against Khashoggi, which they believe resulted in his death.

When asked about his opinion on the Khashoggi investigation, Graham said, "You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes ... to figure this out". If Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman restricted Saudi exports, his nation would suffer a blow to its recent reputation as a stabilizing force in global energy markets.

A Turkish paper has alleged that an "assassination squad" of 15 Saudi men flew into Istanbul on October 2, hours before Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate.

The Trump administration has come under scrutiny for its response to the Khashoggi case.

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When asked about Khashoggi's disappearance last Thursday, Trump said that while "we don't like it even a little bit", it wouldn't be "acceptable" to him to stop selling billions of dollars worth of weapons to Riyadh.