Saudi Arabia rejects threats to undermine Kingdom

Lloyd Doyle
October 15, 2018

Turkish officials fear Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, claiming audio and video recordings of the murder exist although they have not been released.

It is likely that they will take part in a joint working group on the case, whose creation was announced Thursday by Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin following a request by Saudi Arabia. It noted that the Apple Watch was synced with Khashoggi's iPhone, which his fiancée was holding outside the consulate.

The newspaper's account also did not elaborate on how the Apple Watch synced the information to both the phone and iCloud account.

However, it was not clear whether data from Khashoggi's watch could have been transmitted to his phone outside, or how investigators could have retrieved it without obtaining the watch themselves.

Flake said that if it is true that Khashoggi was murdered and the Saudi leadership was involved, "severe action needs to be taken and I think the Congress will take it upon themselves to take that action".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom, is pushing for Saudi Arabia to become a destination for foreign investment.

"When we arrived at the consulate, he went right in", Cengiz, a doctoral student in Instabul, wrote of her and Kashoggi's visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.


Saudi Arabia has rejected any threats against it over the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, once again declaring its innocence and saying it will respond to any actions with "greater actions". On Tuesday, footage and identities of the "assassination" squad were made public. Saudi officials said the allegations are "baseless", but have offered no evidence Khashoggi ever left the consulate.

"I do think that arms sales will be effected", the senator said, referring to USA weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. However, a column published in English a short time later by the general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya satellite news network suggested Saudi Arabia could use its oil production as a weapon.

The UK and U.S. are considering boycotting a Saudi-backed conference set to take place later this month in Riyadh as a result of the disappearence and alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the BBC has reported.

Separately, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who accompanied him to the Saudi consulate, the State Department said Friday.

"Had I known it would be the last time I would see Jamal, I would have rather entered the Saudi consulate myself", she added.

United Kingdom foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt told Saudi Arabia Britain wants urgent answers over the reporter's disappearance.

"We can never be a voice for human rights anywhere in the world if we allow a situation like this to go forward and us do nothing about it", Rubio said. Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the United States and had criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns written for The Washington Post. Could the social media blackout presage a show in which they simply don't mention "Saudi Arabia" to external viewers?

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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