Majority says Trump is too soft on Saudi Arabia

27 October, 2018, 17:20 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Trump Says Jamal Khashoggi Killing'One Of Worst Cover-Ups In History

The Saudi and Turkish state news agencies both reported that Crown Prince Mohammed and Mr. Erdogan spoke by phone on Wednesday about the Khashoggi case, a call apparently initiated by the crown prince.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday vowed that Turkey would not allow the culprits to get away with the "savage murder" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But Sabah, another pro-government newspaper, says Saudi Arabia has yet to give Turkish authorities permission for a search.

Amid pressure, Saudi Arabia acknowledged last week that the 59-year-old writer had died in what it said was a "fistfight".

A statement by Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb attributed the latest findings of a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation to information from Turkish counterparts.

"Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a ferocious murder", Erdogan said, underlining that his killing was not accidental, but meticulously planned.

Pompeo also said the State Department was looking into whether sanctions could be applicable for those found to be involved.

He did not address charges that some of his closest security aides have been implicated in the October 2 death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and made a particular plea that the incident would not cause a diplomatic break between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

"These penalties will not be the last word on the matter from the United States", the USA top diplomat said.

A friend of the Khashoggi family - who wished to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisal - told The Associated Press that Salah has been under a travel ban since past year because of his father's work.


Saudi Arabia - whose ambitious crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has been amassing power - initially claimed Khashoggi left freely after visiting the consulate, where he was completing paperwork for his upcoming marriage.

His message struck a nuanced tone in the USA, where he tried to acknowledge the reforms undertaken by Bin Salman while also highlighting the flaws. The case has strained relations with the U.S. and other allies.

CIA Director Gina Haspel, who departed for a trip to Turkey on Monday, listened to an audio recording of Khashoggi's interrogation and killing, people familiar with her meetings there told the Washington Post. "Covering up such a brutal act would wound the conscience of all mankind".

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

Even in the face of ugly details of Jamal Khashoggi's slaying, Mr Trump has resisted calls to cut off arms sales to the gulf kingdom and has been reluctant to antagonise the Saudi rulers.

On the day Khashoggi arrived for his appointment and was later killed, the hard disk in the consulate's camera system was removed, Erdogan said.

After departing Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi began writing for The Washington Post and continued to criticize the Saudi government.

Saudi Arabia initially claimed Khashoggi left freely after visiting the consulate but, as global pressure mounted, the kingdom said he died inside the mission when an argument degenerated into a fistfight. The Saudi Press Agency also said 18 Saudis had been arrested as part of a search for "all the facts".

Pence, who spoke in Washington at an event hosted by The Washington Post, said whatever USA response the president decides to make will keep in mind the importance of US relations with Saudi Arabia - an alliance that he noted has been in existence since shortly after World War II.

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