Trump says Saudi prince vows 'full' probe into missing journalist

Lester Mason
October 24, 2018

Merkel's comments came after Saudi Arabia's foreign minister described the killing of Khashoggi as part of a "rogue operation", adding that the circumstances of his death - and the whereabouts of the body - were unknown.

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor on Saturday said 18 people were arrested in connection with the incident.

While in this case nothing can really happen until Khashoggi (or his body) is found, I am anxious to see how Trump continues to handle the situation. "But this is a very, very serious matter", Mr Hunt told BBC radio.

"We discovered that he was killed in the consulate".

"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable", Trump said. Regarding the Saudi arrests, he said, "It's a big first step".

Trump has repeatedly said that he opposes any effort to jeopardize more than $100 billion in US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, but that he would consider sanctions on the kingdom.

Ankara vowed to reveal all the details of its own inquiry as US President Donald Trump said he was unsatisfied with Saudi Arabia's response to the columnist's death while the EU, Germany, France, Britain, Australia, Canada and the United Nations also demanded greater clarity. "However we want punishments not only for the 18 men, but also for the authorities that gave the orders". He also said Prince Mohammed was not responsible.

"If we want them to stop this and make clear that we don't accept it, we need to be decisive - expel the Ambassador, stop our assistance to their war in Yemen, let them know they are going to pay a price". I know a lot already. We're going to know over the next two or three days, we're going to know a lot.

Mutreb replied, "Yes, we will drug you and kidnap you", in what the official said was an attempt at intimidation that violated the mission's objective.

"They invested, and the jobs are. we're right now the largest supplier of energy in the world". "It has to be done with legitimate and credible means involving the United States, and it has to use those tapes, the surveillance that evidently the Turks have".

"But still they're a major, major supplier". They're actually number two, and we have to take all of these things into account.

Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Saturday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he believed Prince Mohammed, the heir-apparent of the world's largest oil exporter, was behind the killing. That's why this is so sad. "And I think we're inching our way there". However, he said he would visit Riyadh as planned for talks with his counterpart there on joint efforts toward countering terrorist financing and curbing Iran's military and political influence.

" He was killed in the consulate +".

Video: Saudi Arabia acknowledged October 20 that Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi was killed while visiting its consulate in Istanbul, saying he died during a fist fight. "It is just starting", said Fatih Oke, a representative of the Turkish Arab Media Association, speaking Saturday at a news conference held in front of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by Khashoggi's supporters.

John Sawers, who headed MI6 between 2009 and 2014, said "all the evidence points to it being ordered and carried out" by people close to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler.

Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called for Saudi Arabia to pay "a severe price" for Khashoggi's death.

The United Kingdom Foreign Office described it as "a bad act" and said the people behind the killing "must be held to account".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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