Saudis Reportedly Plan To Announce Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed Accidentally

Trump Speaks to Saudi King, Sends Pompeo for Follow-Up

Trump suggests that ‘rogue killers’ in the Saudi consulate could have murdered missing journalist

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting Wednesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after getting assurances from Saudi leaders that they will "show the entire world" results of a thorough investigation into the disappearance of a U.S. -based Saudi journalist.

Saudi Arabia has been closely linked to the United States for more than a half century as a critical oil supplier, with relations warming under Trump as the U.S. administration aggressively confronts the kingdom's regional rival Iran.

Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian citizen and USA resident who works for the Washington Post, was critical of Saudi's Prince Mohammed bin Salman's practices.

Trump earlier threatened "severe punishment" if it is proven that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.

-I, on Monday, announced he would reintroduce a resolution to end US military aid to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, citing Khashoggi's disappearance "and likely assassination". Only those politicians, media professionals and research institutes financially backed by the Saudi government will continue to support the crown prince, he said. "So the question I was preparing to ask was, 'What do you make of the Saudi denials and the White House says that Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser John Bolton spoke with the Crown Prince last week", Barnett said.

The statement did not refer to the disappearance of Khashoggi after his visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to receive documents ahead of his wedding.

"We, the G7 foreign ministers, of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the high representative of the European Union, affirm our commitment to defending freedom of expression and protection of a free press". The secretary of state noted that the Saudi leaders, while denying knowledge of anything that occurred inside the consulate, had committed to accountability "including for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials".

Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel said the Khashoggi case was "very, very concerning", although he stopped short of pronouncing the deal was dead. The Washington Post reported evidence has been shared with US authorities.

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Concern over Khashoggi's disappearance has seen media organizations and a growing number of guests pull out of a "Davos in the Desert" investment conference set for October 23-25, which has become the biggest show for investors to promote Prince Mohammed's reform vision.

If Saudi Arabia does not become more transparent, various consequences will be very heavy for the future of the country. Prince Mohammed told Reuters a year ago that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

Trump administration officials told The Associated Press that intelligence collected by the U.S.is inconclusive as to what actually happened to Khashoggi.

Otaibi left Istanbul on Tuesday for Riyadh after police said they planned to search his home as part of their investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance. Mr. Trump said, "so far it's just the rumor of a report coming out".

Khashoggi's alleged killers tortured the journalist during interrogation by cutting his fingers off, Yeni Safak said, claiming it had heard several recordings of the incident. The Saudi government could not be reached immediately for comment on the CNN report.

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US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he still plans to attend but would "take [it]...into account" if more information came out.

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