New Turkey-Saudi 'working group' on Khashoggi

Glen Norman
October 12, 2018

There was no immediate comment on the report from the Saudi authorities.

He proposed the Saudi people pave the ground for transferring power to Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi King Salman's younger brother who is in exile in Britain, and form a new government based on the constitution.

Turkish authorities have told MEE they believe Khashoggi, a prominent journalist and critic of the Saudi govenrment, was killed soon after entering the building.

He went to the consulate on 2 October to obtain paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who was reportedly waiting outside the building for him.

Trump said he could not justify sacrificing jobs and income generated by the arms deal.

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia past year, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", Cengiz wrote.

Turkey has requested a search of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, after saying that a journalist was murdered within its walls. Is it possible that there was no Saudi camera system where this incident took place? Regardless, Khashoggi's last known whereabouts was there at around 1:14 p.m. local time last Tuesday. "There are other things we can do", he said.

Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince who is the kingdom's de facto ruler, vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. No evidence of him leaving the consulate has been made public, but Turkish officials also have yet to provide evidence he was kidnapped or killed. Turkish officials have said they fear the columnist was killed there.

Turkey can not remain silent over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper on Thursday, adding Turkey is investigating all aspects of the case.

Treading softly, the United States is asking its major ally Saudi Arabia to investigate the odd disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an avowed and vocal foe of the Saud family that rules the country.

However, Mr Trump ruled out suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia who is being blamed for the disappearance, as suggested by some legislators.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said national security adviser John Bolton and presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke on Tuesday to Crown Prince Mohammed about Mr Khashoggi.

Trump said he and his administration are "looking at it very, very seriously". However, all nine apparently checked out the same day and returned to the airport, where they flew on to the UAE.

"We want to find out what happened", Trump said Thursday morning in an interview with Fox & Friends. Mr Khashoggi, 59, has more than 1.6 million Twitter followers and has written for the Washington Post opinion section.

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