Pompeo Arrives In Saudi Arabia To Discuss Khashoggi Disappearance

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

But the USA president also said "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance and that King Salman had told him Saudi Arabia is "working closely with Turkey to find answers".

While reports from Turkish officials appear to indicate that Khashoggi was murdered, President Trump has repeatedly told the press that Saudi Arabia denies any involvement with Khashoggi's disappearance.

The body of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was cut into pieces after he was killed two weeks ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official told CNN on Tuesday. After President Trump spoke with the Saudi king on Monday, the President floated the idea that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the journalist's death.

Earlier Erdogan said that the Turkish intelligence is investigating the disappearance of the Saudi reporter Khashoggi. "Riyadh will have to provide some explanation of the journalist's disappearance, but in a manner that distances the leadership from any claim that a decision was made at senior levels to assassinate the prominent journalist". "Who knows? We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon".

Meanwhile, the United Nations human rights chief has called for Saudi diplomatic immunity at "relevant premises" to be waived "immediately" for anyone who could be involved in Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

Graham also implored Saudi Arabia directly to choose a new leader as the crown prince, to him, is "toxic" and "can never be a world leader on the world stage". "I was on the floor every time defending Saudi Arabia because they area good ally".

The official is not authorized to speak publicly on the operation. Pompeo was due to arrive in the kingdom on Tuesday morning for his meeting with the king. Told that a cleaning crew walked into the consulate before the investigative team arrived, one expert said: "You saw that? Wow".

On Tuesday, Turkish investigators searched the consulate building.

Turkey's private DHA news agency reported that police wanted to inspect a "water well" in the garden of the residence. Permission apparently came after a late Sunday-night call between King Salman and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


A Turkish source involved in the investigation told MEE the probe on Monday had been meticulous.

It's not clear whether these elements will be included in the report ordered by the Saudi authorities into the affair.

Investigators, wearing white crime-scene overalls and shoe covers, entered the Istanbul residence of the Saudi consul general, Mohammed al-Otaibi, who has returned to Riyadh.

The Associated Press (AP) was not immediately able to respond to the issue, and the Turkish government officials haven't commented on the media yet.

He had been critical of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests. Several business leaders and media outlets have backed out of the upcoming investment conference in Riyadh, called the Future Investment Initiative.

Khashoggi's disappearance has caused USA -based companies, including Uber, JPMorgan Chase and Google - which planned this year to build five innovation hubs in Saudi Arabia - to pull out of a high-profile investment summit in Riyadh scheduled for later this month.

On Tuesday, however, Trump suggested the world should not rush to judgment against Saudi Arabia, saying the global outcry is akin to a case of "you're guilty until proven innocent".

Speaking to the Fox Business Network on Wednesday, Trump again cited counterterrorism cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the kingdom's contracts with USA defense contractors.

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