Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Missing Saudi journalist's fiancée asks for Trump's help

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Adrian Cunningham | 11 October, 2018, 20:15

Twenty-two US Senators on Wednesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump triggering an investigation into the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist last seen entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Since Khashoggi's disappearance, the Trump administration has come under increasing pressure to press the Riyadh government for details about his whereabouts.

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been the Trump administration's point person on Saudi Arabia.

Turkish officials have identified 15 people who are allegedly part of the "hit squad" targeting Saudi critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published critical pieces of the Saudi government and exiled himself to Virginia.

Cengiz is Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée.

Britain is a close ally and trade partner of Saudi Arabia.

Turan Kislakci, Khashoggi's friend, said on October 7 that officials told him to "make your funeral preparations" as the Washington Post contributor "was killed" at the Saudi Consulate.

CCTV via Hurriyet / Associated Press This image from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reportedly shows Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. The Saudi foreign ministry was working to "see exactly what happened at that time", he said.

"We want to find out what happened", Trump said.

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Analysts said there were reasons for skepticism about the Turkish account.

On Thursday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expressed worries about Khashoggi's disappearance, saying Ankara could not be silent over the incident.

Since 2009, the executive branch has notified Congress of proposed foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia of major defense articles and services with a potential aggregate value of almost $139 billion, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

The Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, described the allegations as "malicious leaks and grim rumors" and said the kingdom is "gravely concerned" about Khashoggi.

CCTV released by Turkish TV showed a man believed to be Mr Khashoggi enter the consulate as well as a vehicle entering and leaving the building after he went inside.

Corker's comments highlight a growing tension between Congress, which is calling for action on Khashoggi, and the White House, where President Donald Trump has indicated he's aware of Saudi responsibility but signaled that he's unwilling to take punitive steps, particularly ending arms sales to the kingdom because of the USA jobs they generate.

Khashoggi's disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

The Trump administration has been criticized for not taking a firmer stance against Saudi Arabia and its leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has vigorously campaigned to convince other nations of its progressive reforms. Trump visited Saudi Arabia on his first worldwide trip as president and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales.

Miss Cengiz said Mr Khashoggi had visited the consulate on September 28 despite some concern that he could be in danger.

In making that determination, the senators hope Trump "will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia".