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Turkish police enter Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Turkish police enter Saudi consulate in Istanbul”

As of this moment, they deny it and they deny it vehemently.

Speaking on Monday, Donald Trump said the Saudi leader King Salman denied "any knowledge of whatever may have happened" during a phone call.

Sen. Marco Rubio promised a "strong congressional response" against Saudi Arabia if the country is found to be responsible for the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Following a call with Saudi King Salman ー who vehemently denied any involvement in Khashoggi's suspected abduction ー Trump suggested to reporters on Monday that the kingdom may not be culpable.

A Foreign Ministry official had earlier said the team would visit the diplomatic post on Monday. "We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment". Turkish officials have said he was killed and dismembered.

After the Saudi national seemingly disappeared, Turkish officials launched a preliminary investigation, requesting access to the consulate. It remained unclear what evidence they might be able to uncover.

A cleaning crew with mops and rubbish bags walked in past journalists waiting outside the consulate. An embassy spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump said Pompeo may go to Turkey after Saudi Arabia.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he has real concerns about allegations linked to the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a man who has written extensively about human rights abuses by the oil-rich kingdom's ruling royal family. American lawmakers have threatened tough punitive action against the Saudis, and Germany, France and Britain jointly called for a "credible investigation" into Khashoggi's disappearance. He and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, have forged close ties. Two leading Republican senators said Congress stands ready to act, including a possible halt of military sales, if President Donald Trump doesn't.

Bahrain's foreign ministry released a statement on Sunday emphasising the country's support for Saudi Arabia in the face of those trying to harm the kingdom. That would be an unprecedented breach in a decades-old, deep economic and security relationship that is key to Washington's policies in the Middle East. An investment conference seen as a platform for the crown prince and dubbed the "Davos in the Desert" which was scheduled to take place in Riyadh next week, has been hit by a string of prominent cancellations.

Saudi Arabia is reportedly ready to concede that a missing Saudi writer was killed in its consulate in Istanbul during a botched interrogation, CNN reported Monday. Both reports cited anonymous people said to be familiar with the Saudi plans.

Freeland, who had been criticized by the NDP for not issuing her own statement on the matter (she instead retweeted one by the French, German and United Kingdom foreign ministers), read a statement to reporters in the foyer of the Commons after question period. There's something - you'll be surprised to hear me say that. "So far it's just the rumor, the rumor of a report coming out", he said.

Dozens of media organisations - some of whom had set up tents - have kept a constant vigil outside the consulate in the expectation that the search would finally begin.

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, said King Salman thanked Mr Erdogan "for welcoming the kingdom's proposal" for forming the working group.

A joint Saudi-Turkish team arrived at the consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighborhood as journalists filmed and shot photographs of their arrival. Khashoggi hasn't been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.



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