United States conveys willingness to help Turkey on Khashoggi case

Glen Norman
October 20, 2018

Asked if the Saudis said Khashoggi is alive or dead, Pompeo replied, "I don't want to talk about any of the facts; they didn't want, to, either" as they work through the investigation. Authorities recovered the audio from Khashoggi's iPhone and his iCloud account, the newspaper said.

However, Trump said "we will probably know that by the end of the week" after he got a "full report" from Secretary of State Pompeo upon his return from Saudi Arabia and Turkey. "I'm sure they will have their own prosecutors looking at this as well since it took place in their country, albeit on consulate property", he said.

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed "a range of issues of bilateral importance" during meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. "We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I'm concerned".

Bipartisan groups of lawmakers have begun demanding an independent worldwide investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance and are calling on President Donald Trump, who has touted the crown prince's "total denial" of any involvement, to reveal his personal financial ties to Saudi Arabia.

The New York Times reported that Turkish officials have said there are recordings of Khashoggi's murder and dismemberment within the consulate.

Several US media outlets said Monday that the Saudis are preparing a report that Khashoggi's death resulted from a botched interrogation.

Late Tuesday, Turkish officials revealed passport scans for the alleged Saudi hit team that flew to Istanbul before Khashoggi disappeared. "However, according to the information we received, we expect to get a permit today".

Police officials told The Washington Post last week that such recordings of Saudi officials existed and supported the allegation that Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi personnel inside the consulate.

"Three others are linked by witnesses and other records to the Saudi crown prince's security detail".

"I do not want to do that", Trump said in an interview on Fox Business Network when asked if the United States would walk away from its Gulf ally, reiterating his hopes that Saudi leaders were not involved in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

The case of Khashoggi, a journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, has become a major source of tension between Saudi Arabia and the West.

President Donald Trump has criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of a missing Saudi journalist, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis' request for patience.

"They made a commitment to hold anyone connected to any wrongdoing that may be found accountable for that, whether they are a senior officer or official", Mr Pompeo said. The top USA diplomat stressed that time is short and that the Saudis have to deal with the people involved sharply, the source said.

"They're going to do an investigation, and when the investigation comes out we'll evaluate it", Pompeo told reporters travelling with him.

Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

"We have said before that Saudi Arabia must cooperate with us in every aspect without delay". Western diplomats suspect that the kingdom will also compensate Turkey for its willingness to launch a joint investigation on Khashoggi's disappearance - a payback that could come in the form of large-scale debt relief, strategic buyouts or other arrangements that boost Turkey's ailing economy.

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