US Gives Saudis "Few More Days" On Jamal Khashoggi Investigation

Frederick Owens
October 19, 2018

A Turkish crime scene investigator seen with blood stains on his hazmat suit while finishing an investigation into the Saudi consul's official residence over Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

"Davos of the Desert" will be held at the time when Turkish authorities have claimed they have proof that Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was waiting for a full report on what had happened to Khashoggi from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he sent to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to meet officials over Khashoggi's disappearance. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a disappearance that has sparked global outrage.

Saudi Arabia faces intense global pressure following the disappearance and apparent death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and US resident who has written critically of the Saudi regime.

A black van that allegedly carried the body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to the consul's residence was searched for three hours by Turkish forensics expert, local media reported October 19.

On Monday, CNN cited two sources as saying the Saudis are preparing a report that Khashoggi's death resulted from a botched interrogation.

Officials also said his body may have been cut into pieces after a Saudi forensics expert instructed others to put headphones in and listen to music. Khashoggi's whereabouts were unknown after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Turkey on Oct 2.

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"Those are important elements of USA national policy that are in American's best interest and we just need to make sure that we are mindful of that as we approach decisions that the United States government will take when we learn all of the facts associated with whatever may have taken place", Pompeo said.

A former regime insider, Khashoggi had become a critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the point man in ever-tightening military and commercial relations between the petro-state and the Trump administration.

"I had a chance to brief the president on the travel that I returned form last evening, where I traveled to Riyadh and Ankara".

Meanwhile, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he has chose to cancel his coming trip to the kingdom after meeting with Pompeo. "They're an important strategic ally of the United States, and we need to be mindful of that", he said.

The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the private meetings and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Pompeo had told the crown prince that "time is short".

"I think it's important for us all to keep in mind to, we have a long - since 1932 - a long strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", Pompeo added.

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