Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Haspel Briefs Trump on Khashoggi Case Findings After Turkey Trip - White House

Turkish President Erdogan speaks during a meeting of his ruling AK Party in Ankara Changing story again, Saudi Arabia says killing was planned
Scott Davis | 26 October, 2018, 06:39

President Trump has been briefed by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the latest in the USA investigation into how Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

But President Emmanuel Macron told King Salman that France, in coordination with partners, could take action against those held responsible for the murder, the presidency said in a statement.

Khashoggi, a self-exiled, opposition Saudi journalist, was last seen on October 2 entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday in an address to parliament that the murder was "savage" and pre-planned.

Bin Salman has chaired the first meeting of a committee set up for that objective, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday.

Still, neither Trump nor Saudi Arabia has been willing to implicate Saudi leadership in the journalist's killing.

Turkish officials have discounted the ability of Saudi Arabia to conduct a credible investigation, given suspicion that the royal court was behind the operation.

Also Thursday, the European Union issued a fresh condemnation of Khashoggi's killing and reiterated its skepticism that it could have been carried out without Mohammed's knowledge.




"They will not be able to divide us as long as there is a king called King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and a crown prince named Mohammed bin Salman, and a president in Turkey named Erdoğan".

A Saudi Arabian business conference shunned by western business leaders in the wake of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi has concluded with £39bn ($50bn) of deals signed.

Both John Cena and Daniel Bryan - two men in major featured matches on the card - have both allegedly told the WWE that they don't want to travel to Saudi Arabia due to the current circumstances.

Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi was butchered in a "premeditated" attack, prosecutors say, in an extraordinary reversal from Saudi authorities about the fate of the writer.

Pressure is mounting on Washington to take action on Saudi Arabia, as evidence of Khashoggi's killing continues to surface. British Prime Minister Theresa May said its Saudi arms sales were "under review", a stance similar to that expressed by Australia.

The Saudi Arabia flag flies outside the country's consul general's official residence in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. The State Department has already announced it will revoke the visas of 21 Saudis suspected to be connected to Khashoggi's death.

Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a USA -backed regional bloc against Iran but the crisis has strained Riyadh's relations with the West. Dozens of Western officials, bankers and company executives shunned a big investment conference in Riyadh this week.

Turkish media have also published a security camera image allegedly showing a vehicle belonging to the Saudi Consulate "scouting" a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul before Khashoggi was killed.

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