Saudi king engages with Turkey, US to de-escalate Khashoggi crisis

Saudi king engages with Turkey, US to de-escalate Khashoggi crisis

Saudi king engages with Turkey, US to de-escalate Khashoggi crisis

Trump told the CBS news show 60 Minutes there would be "severe punishment" if it is determined Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate, but Riyadh dismissed the US threat and said it would retaliate if Trump took any action against Saudi Arabia.

Turkish authorities said they have evidence proving that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, while Riyadh officials have claimed the journalist was alive when he left the building and they don't know what happened to him.

Trump tweeted Monday that he had spoken with Saudi King Salman, "who denies any knowledge" of what happened to Khashoggi.

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Washington.

If the Saudis do offer this sequence of events, they will need to account for why they have claimed, for the past two weeks, that Khashoggi walked out of the consulate.

"This is the same King Salman who told me after 9/11 that the 9/11 attacks were an Israeli plot", Jordan said. Jordan related the denial to Saudi Arabia's posture following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The prosecutor received instructions "to work quickly", so an announcement could happen within days, he said. He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. Rubio said U.S. -Saudi relations may need to be "completely revised" and stressed the U.S. would lose credibility on human rights if the Trump administration remained silent.

Khashoggi has been a USA resident since he went into self-imposed exile a year ago over fear he could be arrested in Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi, 59, who writes for the Washington Post, has said he feared being arrested as part of a crackdown on dissident voices by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This news comes amid mounting global outcry that Saudi Arabia explain Khashoggi's shocking disappearance, after Turkish officials accused the Saudis of assassinating Khashoggi, dismembering him and smuggling body parts out of the consulate.

Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A separate brief statement issued by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert also said that "the President has called for a prompt and open investigation into the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi".

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Future Investment Initiative Conference, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", is slated to run October 23 - 25, and is part of his Vision 2030 plan to ween the kingdom off its reliance on oil.

Early on Tuesday, Turkish police left the Saudi consulate where Mr Khashoggi was last seen after an overnight search.

But he has said repeatedly that he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia - as some in Congress have said he should - because it would harm the United States economically. US intelligence officials have reported they are certain the interference took place in an effort to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign. "And this is very important to get to the bottom of it".

He also said Mnuchin should skip the Saudi conference.

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