Saudi king, Erdogan discuss probe into Khashoggi's disappearance

Larry Hoffman
October 18, 2018

He too had been scheduled to speak.

An official joint statement regarding the disappearance of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was published on the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on October, 15, 2018. The kingdom has called the allegations "baseless" but has offered no evidence the writer left the consulate.

While Trump commented at the White House, Turkish crime scene investigators finally entered the Saudi consulate to comb the building where Khashoggi was last seen alive two weeks ago.

But while USA lawmakers have sparked a human rights investigation that could trigger sanctions on Riyadh, Mr Trump said he is reluctant to cancel multimillion-dollar arms sales to the Gulf state.

"There's not enough money in the world for us to buy back our credibility on human rights if we do not move forward and take swift action", Rubio said.

"If US sanctions are imposed on Saudi Arabia, we will be facing an economic disaster that would rock the entire world". "They add up to an impression of impulsive policy-making, and that worries investors", the banker said.

Florida Republican Marco Rubio tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he doesn't think any USA government officials "should be going and pretending as it's business as usual, until we know exactly what's happened here".

"The king firmly denied any knowledge of it", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to survey hurricane damage in Florida and Georgia.

Kudlow also said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be attending a Saudi conference this week to address terrorist financing, but those plans could change as details of the investigation become available. Now, President Trump is threatening "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if suspicions of Khashoggi's murder are confirmed - and Saudis have vowed to retaliate in kind.

"When the president warns, people should take him at his word", he told Fox.

Trump quoted the King on Monday as saying that neither he nor his son, Crown Prince Mohammed, had any information about what had happened to Khashoggi. The kingdom pumps one-in-ten oil barrels produced worldwide, and holds almost all the spare capacity available to respond to any supply outage. After Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the accord and reimpose US sanctions, it will become such an outlet again.

Turkish authorities have an audio recording indicating that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, a Turkish official and a security source told Reuters, and have shared evidence with countries including Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Germany, France and Britain are calling for a "credible investigation" to establish what happened to Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi and seek a "complete and detailed" Saudi response.

Washington's "working assumption" is that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate in Istanbul, according to a United States official familiar with the latest intelligence.

"We expect and we hope that there will be transparency and full clarity on what happened".

A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the Comoros said the government of the Comoros is following with concern the repercussions of the disappearance of Khashoggi in Turkey and frenzied media campaigns.

Late on Sunday, several Arab states and bodies released statements in support of the kingdom.

The statement did not directly acknowledge Khashoggi's disappearance, which happened October 2 when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Certain areas of the consulate were to remain off-limits, although officials would be able to inspect surveillance cameras within the post, Turkish media reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened "severe punishment" if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, although he said Washington would be "punishing" itself if it halted military sales to Riyadh.

The kingdom's Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) lost more than 500 points, diving by seven percent in the first two hours when trading resumed after the weekend, in panic selling reminiscent of the days after the global financial crisis in 2008. "So we're going to have to see", Trump said in a "60 Minutes" interview broadcast Sunday.

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