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Disappearance of Saudi Arabia journalist Jamal Khashoggi: Prof. John Stremlau

Disappearance of Saudi Arabia journalist Jamal Khashoggi: Prof. John Stremlau”

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Turkey, the Turkish media reported October 16.

President Donald Trump suggested Monday that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the mysterious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an explanation offering USA ally Saudi Arabia a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm. The Saudis, for two weeks, denied that he vanished inside their consulate, calling accusations that he was killed there, "lies and baseless allegations".

A Turkish security official said no conclusive evidence emerged from the overnight search that indicated Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.

Saudi officials have called Turkish allegations that a team of 15 Saudi agents killed Khashoggi "baseless", but USA media reports suggested that the kingdom may acknowledge the writer was killed at the consulate, perhaps as part of a botched interrogation.

Pompeo addressed reporters Thursday after briefing President Trump at the White House on his talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

"Been hearing the ridiculous "rogue killers" theory was where the Saudis would go with this", Sen.

"I know what I'm going to do. We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial", he said. Turkish officials have said authorities believe he was murdered there and his body removed. It was not immediately clear what evidence they gathered.

King Salman ordered an investigation into the missing journalist on Monday.

Speaking on Tuesday after Turkish police entered the consulate for the first time and searched the premises for nine hours, Erdogan also told reporters that they were looking into toxic materials at the mission.

Trump told the CBS news show 60 Minutes on Sunday that Saudi Arabia would face "severe punishment" if it is determined Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate, but Riyadh dismissed the US threat and said it would retaliate if Trump took any action against Saudi Arabia.

On Wednesday, President Trump said that the US asked Turkey for audio and video relating to Khashoggi "if it exists". With such a lack of clarity, the administration has not ruled out any possible scenario.

Saudi officials have not answered repeated requests for comment over recent days from The Associated Press.

What's likely to come from the Pompeo meeting?

Gerard Butler said Monday he's canceled a press tour to Saudi Arabia for his upcoming movie, as it felt "incredibly insensitive" in the wake of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo met King Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir, and was expected to meet the crown prince later Monday. He and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, have forged close ties.

Trump had previously warned of "severe punishment" for the kingdom if it was found to be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance, which has spooked investors.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and a Riyadh critic columnist at The Washington Post, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago to get marriage documents. The top US diplomat made no comments to reporters before meeting with MBS. A Saudi-owned satellite channel later suggested the world's largest oil exporter could wield that production as a weapon against America.

Khashoggi, who wrote for The Washington Post and resided in Virginia, has been missing since he visited the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2.

The New York Times said Prince Mohammed had approved an interrogation or abduction of Khashoggi and the government would shield him by blaming an intelligence official. Saudi officials insisted the Washington Post columnish, who was often critical of the Saudi government, left the building through another exit, but have not provided evidence. Both reports cited anonymous people said to be familiar with the Saudi plans. "He may meet with all of them together", Trump said.



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