Turkish police leave Saudi consulate in Istanbul after nine hours

Sean Reid
October 16, 2018

CNN's report said the nation had not given its clearance for the attack on Khashoggi, and said "Those involved will be held responsible".

One of the sources acknowledged that the report is still being prepared and cautioned that things could change. Although officials agreed to the investigation, Whitson said that the message from the Saudi government is clear.

President Trump told reporters on Monday morning that he had just spoken with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, who he said "firmly denied any knowledge" of what happened to Khashoggi. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed.

On Sunday, Riyadh angrily rejected political and economic "threats" over the case of the missing journalist and said it would respond to any punitive action "with a bigger one".

The heads of JPMorgan Chase and the asset management giants BlackRock and Blackstone Group dropped out of the conference amid reports that Saudi agents killed dissident journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

The disappearance in Turkey earlier this month of a Saudi journalist critical of Riyadh has provoked an global outcry against the oil-rich kingdom, which has rattled its financial markets.

Diplomatic pressure is growing on the Saudis to give a fuller explanation.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is still scheduled to attend the October 23 Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox News.

Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate. They provided no further details.

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière pressed Freeland, a former journalist, for waiting "almost two weeks" before tweeting a joint statement issued by British, U.S. and French officials on Sunday.

"It sounds to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", the president said. But then, if they cared about such realities, the USA would have cut off support to the Saudi war in Yemen years ago.

The government, Conservatives, and NDP all expressed their shared concerns about Khashoggi's disappearance and suspected death.

Cengiz said she waited outside the consulate for hours but Khashoggi never came out.

"He may go to Turkey".

A Turkish diplomatic source had earlier said that a joint Turkish-Saudi team would search the consulate - the last place Khashoggi was seen before he vanished on October 2.

Asked when the public prosecutor could make an announcement, the official said: "He was instructed to work quickly". "We're going to get to the bottom of it, and there will be severe punishment". And questions continue to swirl about his disappearance.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told his Turkish counterpart Khashoggi's disappearance remains "deeply concerning".

Early on Tuesday, Turkish police left the Saudi consulate where Mr Khashoggi was last seen after an overnight search.

Saudi stocks have also been hit, suffering days of heavy losses, but made a strong comeback yesterday with the Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) rising over 4%.

A source familiar with the matter said Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink were pulling out of the summit. Both companies declined to comment.

King Salman has replaced two crown princes in the past.

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