U.S. awaiting evidence in Khashoggi case before imposing Saudi sanctions: Pompeo

Glen Norman
November 2, 2018

But, the statement said, the Saudis had not answered three questions the Turkish side posed - namely, where Khashoggi's body is; whether Saudi investigators had uncovered evidence about the planning of his killing; and the identity of the reported "local collaborator". The murder has drawn withering criticism of Riyadh from around the world.

While insisting the United States did not condone Khashoggi's killing, the top USA diplomat said the United States had "deep and long-term strategic relationships" with Saudi Arabia and "we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

Saudi officials have for weeks pushed a theory, via anonymous leaks to the media, that Khashoggi's killers rolled the Saudi journalist's body in some kind of carpet or fabric and gave it to a Turkish coconspirator for removal from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a rare meeting with American evangelical Christians as the conservative kingdom seeks to open up more to the world and fix an image of religious intolerance.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made the allegation during a phone call with US President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and another official, the Washington Post reports.


Mr Khashoggi was a Saudi reporter in self-exile in Turkey and a prominent critic of the Saudi regime.

"The tragic and unjustified" slaying of Khashoggi "is the theme of today's onslaught and demonization of Saudi Arabia in the same fashion as the previous crises".

Saudi Arabia has changed its account of what happened to Khashoggi.

According to The Washington Post, Netanyahu has specifically told the White House that the crown prince is a key strategic partner and a linchpin of the US-Israeli front against Iran's regional influence.

US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino on Thursday called for Khashoggi's remains to be located and returned to his family for burial as soon as possible.


The New York Times, Reuters and the Financial Times reported that the prince's return had sparked speculation about his role in the kingdom's crisis management efforts following the worldwide outcry over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Turkish chief prosecutor has also said that Khashoggi was strangled and his body dismembered in a pre-planned killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi entered the consulate last month to get a document he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

The US-Saudi relationship "is too big to fail", Prince Turki said. Khashoggi, once close to the Saudi royal family, moved to the Washington, D.C. area in recent years.


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