Turkey suggests Khashoggi's remains taken out of consulate

Andrew Cummings
October 19, 2018

Speaking from Albania on Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey has not shared any audio recordings of the killing with anyone. He still would not confirm whether his country does in fact possess an audio or video recording of the purported murder, but reiterated Turkey's vague assertion that investigators had obtained "evidence".

Mutreb, who was the first secretary at the Saudi embassy in London and has been described as a colonel in Saudi intelligence, is closely connected to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"The timing of this is no coincidence", an American official involved in Syria policy told The New York Times.

Fox Business Network became the latest media outlet to cut ties with a glitzy business conference slated to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the disappearance of dissident columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "They are an important strategic alliance of the United States and we need to be mindful of that as well", he said.

The president said the consequences for Saudi Arabia, if they are ultimately deemed culpable, "will have to be very severe". He also vowed "severe" consequences.

"Unless the miracle of all miracles happens, I would acknowledge that he's dead", Trump said to The Times.

Additionally, Trump said he would not make a statement on the case until several investigations into Khashoggi's disappearance have concluded.

Pompeo briefed the president at the White House after a trip to Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Turkish officials suspect that the Saudi "hit squad" used it to carry the body of the journalist from the consulate to the consul's residence.

"It certainly looks that way to me", the US President told reporters at Andrews Air Force Base when asked if Khashoggi was dead. "There are lots of stories out there about what has happened". "We're a little removed right now".

Meantime, former VP Joe Biden said the Trump administration "seems to have a love affair with autocrats" and authoritarian regimes.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he would not attend.

A USA government source said that U.S. intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced of the crown prince's culpability in the operation against Khashoggi, which they believe resulted in his death.

"The United States is supporting Saudi Arabia in its military efforts against Iranian backed Houthi rebels inside Yemen and so it's a very complex picture", said Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation. But one of the key figures in the Saudi-U.S. alliance is receiving particular scrutiny for his role, or lack thereof, in the response: Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law. "Saudi Arabia has not yet been able to provide any clarification".

He told AP news agency he was unhappy with the global condemnation of Saudi Arabia, saying it was being treated "guilty until proven innocent".

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