Ibec cancels Saudi event after outcry over journalist's disappearance

Virginia Carson
October 18, 2018

In separate remarks Wednesday, both Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued their effort to create time for leaders in Riyadh to provide an explanation for Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held separate meetings with Turkey's president and foreign minister for around 40 minutes each on Wednesday in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

The three posed for photos, but said nothing together in front of reporters.

Trump has repeated denials by the Saudi king and crown prince that they knew anything about Khashoggi's fate, and he has warned of a rush to judgment.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, told CNN that the "intel points directly" to Saudi Arabia for Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

No major decisions are made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom's ruling Al Saud family.

Pompeo has said Riyadh should be given a few more days to complete an investigation into the disappearance of the journalist, a prominent critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The U.S. newspaper said Turkish officials have shared evidence, including details of an audio recording, with Saudi and U.S. officials.

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Turkish officials have said privately, without offering evidence, that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.

Al-Otaibi left Turkey yesterday, Turkish state media reported.

That's one reason some expect Washington to try to help Saudi Arabia find a way out of the political mess it faces over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Becker noted how Trump compared the situation to the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who Trump opined was similarly portrayed in the media as "guilty until proven innocent" after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct and rape by several women, threatening his confirmation to the nation's highest court.

Pompeo met with the king and crown prince in Riyadh and said the Saudis had already started a "serious and credible investigation" and seemed to suggest it could lead to people within the kingdom.

"We are going to try to get to the bottom of it very soon". Lindsey Graham of SC, turning to speak to the camera. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

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"We need Saudi Arabia", the president said, before ticking down a list of items from the fight against terrorism to Iran. Leaked surveillance video shows that diplomatic cars traveled to the consul general's home shortly after Khashoggi went into the consulate. The search, however, did not happen overnight and reasons for that weren't immediately clear. It was the second-such extraordinary search of land considered under worldwide law to be Saudi sovereign soil after Turkish police searched the consulate through the early morning on Tuesday.

"It's never too late", Almutawakel said.

The Saudi government has not given a full accounting of what happened to Khashoggi, a critic of the regime, after he entered the compound on October 2.

In 1967, the New York Times and The Washington Post took joint ownership of the International Herald Tribune newspaper, which went on to become a platform for voices from around the world.

Earlier on Wednesday, he told Fox Business Network that the United States relies on Saudi Arabia to fight against terrorism and Iran, and would thus be unwilling to walk away from the kingdom, a "tremendous purchaser" of US military equipment.

The U.S. Secret Service is reviewing an incident where an agent blocked the phone of a CBS reporter who tried to ask Kushner a question aboutSaudi Arabia aboard a commercial flight.

"What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi Government".

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