Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi's family and relatives

Frederick Owens
October 22, 2018

Trump said he planned to consult with Congress to devise a response.

"They told us that he left the consulate", Jubeir said.

Pro-government media in Turkey have reported a different narrative, saying a Saudi hit squad of 15 people traveled to Turkey to kill the columnist for the Washington Post before leaving the country hours later in private jets.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) issued the call for action in a statement on Friday, shortly after Saudi State Television confirmed that Mr. Khashoggi died after an altercation inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies".

In a statement Sunday, the governments said attacks on journalists were unacceptable and "of utmost concern to our three nations".

"There remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened. beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible".

"We thus stress that more efforts are needed and expected towards establishing the truth in a comprehensive, transparent and credible manner", they added.

Turkish officials believe he was murdered by a team of Saudi agents inside the building. "We're going to go into detail", he said.

"I will make my statements about this issue on Tuesday at the party group meeting", Erdogan said. "They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it".

That claim though met widespread scepticism.

Saudi officials maintain that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman knew nothing of the killing.

"This is a awful mistake. I don't mind military sales but I object to business with the current leadership", he said.

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Paul said that he doesn't believe that "arms should ever be seen as a jobs program", adding that the Saudis are using USA arms in the war in Yemen where civilians are being killed.

Senior Republicans and Democrats proposed a range of severe punishments, including sanctions on the longtime USA ally, the expulsion of the Saudi ambassador and the cutting of arms sales. "It's the only thing the Saudis will listen to", said Paul.

"Do I think he did it?" The Saudis need us much more than we need them.

The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Sunday that the Monarch, Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his son, Mohammed bin Salman, telephoned Salah Jamal Khashoggi to express their condolences, reports Efe news.

Tennessee Republican Bob Corker says that based on his briefings he believes the royal known as MBS was behind the killing of the Saudi critic.

"Corker tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the crown prince has "now crossed a line and there has to be a punishment and a price paid for that".

He says of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally: "The Turks have been talking more to the media than they have us".

The Saudi authorities at first denied the death of the regime-critical journalist.

"Concerning arms exports: that is impossible under the circumstances we see", she added, noting that Germany is considering additional "reactions" to Khashoggi's death.

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is not satisfied with Saudi Arabia's handling of Mr Khashoggi's death and said questions remain unanswered.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, entered the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents that would clear the way for his impending marriage to fiancee Hatice Cengiz but never emerged. "This is not an explanation; it is a cover-up", Mr. Ryan said.

The latest account, provided by a Saudi official who requested anonymity, includes details on how the team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Mr Khashoggi on Oct 2 had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped, then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted.

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