Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Pompeo heard Turkey's recording of Khashoggi death in Saudi consulate

Pompeo heard Turkey's recording of Khashoggi death in Saudi consulate

In his comments to reporters, Pompeo said he also stressed the "longstanding strategic relationship" between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

Turkish police gather outside the residence of the Saudi consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi to conduct a search after the disappearance and alleged slaying of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

Authorities there believe he was killed in the building by Saudi agents, an accusation that the Saudi authorities have dismissed as "lies".

The Chicago-based author and radio host suggests that following the worldwide coverage of the incident, which harrowing details are coming out, Riyadh has been trying to whitewash and manage the blowback. "That means I'm not going back to Saudi Arabia as long as this guy's in charge".

A New York Times report on Wednesday cited a senior Turkish official confirming the details published by Yeni Safak.

Danny Toma, a retired USA foreign service officer, tells OneNewsNow the United States must tread carefully before directing accusing bin Salman.

Khashoggi worked as an opinion columnist at The Washington Post newspaper, and has written critically of the Saudi government and its crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman.

Working with the European Union and other partners, the Dutch government would "look at ways global concerns about Khashoggi could be addressed", Foreign Minister Stef Blok said.

Saudi Journalist’s Disappearance Reshapes Mideast Relationships
However, Turkish media reported that it appeared as though the consulate had been swept by Saudi agents before the search. Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed there although this has not been confirmed by Saudi Arabia .

"US President Donald Trump reversed course on Thursday, saying it "certainly looks like" Khashoggi is dead", after remaining noncommittal about his status for days.

Saudi officials have denied the allegations but it has done nothing to prevent the growing backlash against the regime across the world.

"We have asked for it, if it exists", the president said.

"I think the market will take a big spill", he said during an interview on FOX Business' "After the Bell" on Thursday.

Trump was at Joint Base Andrews and was asked by reporters if he thought the journalist was killed on Thursday prior to boarding Air Force One.

On Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was postponing a planned trip to Saudi Arabia pending the outcome of the investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, calling the case "extremely worrying. and disturbing". Trump has speculated without providing evidence that "rogue killers" could be responsible.

The four organizations said an worldwide investigation should probe Saudi Arabia's role and aim to identify everyone responsible for ordering, planning and executing any operations related to Khashoggi's disappearance.

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