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Trump asks Turkey for any recorded evidence of Khashoggi’s fate

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Ginger Lawrence | 18 October, 2018, 21:44

A spokesman for Dr Fox said: "The UK remains very concerned about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance. those bearing responsibility for his disappearance must be held to account".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he told President Donald Trump on Thursday that Saudi Arabia should be given a few more days to complete its investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before the US decides "how, or if" to respond.

The Trump administration's willingness to give the Saudis the benefit of the doubt is hardly surprising, former United States diplomat Jim Jatras told RT. "You are going to get me in trouble". "This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post", she wrote.

On Wednesday, media reported that the Turkish police had searched the residence of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul as part of the probe into the incident. Those suspicious of Riyadh's involvement have pointed to the odd travel plans of several Saudi nationals, who arrived on a private jet in Istanbul in the middle of the night on October 2 and left later that same day.

The US president has been on the defensive ever since Khashoggi - a US resident and Washington Post contributor who had been critical of powerful Prince Mohammed - vanished on October 2 after visiting the Istanbul consulate.

Several of the Saudi suspects identified by Turkish officials reportedly have direct links to the 33-year-old crown prince, with whom the Trump administration has built close ties.

The newspaper's Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah said its release had been delayed in the hope that Mr Khashoggi would return safely.

"In view of the seriousness of the situation surrounding the disappearance of Khashoggi, I believe the inviolability or immunity of the relevant premises and officials bestowed by treaties such as the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations should be waived immediately", Ms Bachelet said.

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Pompeo cautioned it is important to remember "We have a long, since 1932, strategic relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia". The secretary of state noted that the Saudi leaders, while denying knowledge of anything that occurred inside the consulate, had committed to accountability "including for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials".

Trump, who raised the possibility of "rogue killers", is meeting with Pompeo later Thursday at the White House.

It said al-Otaibi can be heard on one tape saying during Khashoggi's torture: "Do this outside".

He returned to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday before Turkish police searched his residence.

Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

In an interview with Fox News, a prominent Trump ally in the Senate called on Saudi Arabia to reject the crown prince, known as MBS, who rose to power a year ago and has aggressively sought to soften the kingdom's image overseas and attract foreign investment.

Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra has cancelled his visit to Saudia Arabia because of the probable murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

But on Wednesday, one State Department official bluntly told CBS News that, "Saudi Arabia lied" and now "feels cornered" over the journalist's disappearance.