Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Dutch finance minister cancels visit to Saudi investment conference

Dutch finance minister cancels visit to Saudi investment conference

The family of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has rejected all attempts to use its name to target Saudi Arabia, according to reports.

The chilling details of what is believed by some to have occurred at the Saudi consulate in Ankara were revealed by a senior Turkish official who described the content of an audio recording to the New York Times. "This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post", she wrote.

Turkish government sources have claimed that Mr Khashoggi - a critic of the government in Riyadh - was murdered during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Neither country has publicly offered evidence of its version of events.

The president said he would get a "full report" from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the diplomat's return from meetings with Saudi and Turkish leaders and that he'd then know the truth.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced Thursday morning U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has backed out of an upcoming conference in Saudi Arabia.

Turkish police on Wednesday also carried out a search of the residence of the Saudi consul to Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, a day after he flew out of Istanbul for Riyadh.

Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of killing Khashoggi, who was often critical of the Saudi government in his writing.

The Trump administration's willingness to give the Saudis the benefit of the doubt is hardly surprising, former United States diplomat Jim Jatras told RT.

"It is 500,000 jobs, it will be ultimately $110 billion".

"I don't want to talk about any of the facts", Pompeo said when asked if the Saudis told him if Khashoggi was dead or alive.

"So hopefully it is working out".

On Thursday, Pompeo, the secretary of state, said he told Trump the USA should give the Saudis "a few more days" to complete their investigation into Khashoggi's case "so we can get a complete understanding" of the facts.

No, I will not go to Riyadh next week. "They're an important ally, but I want to find out what happened, where is the fault".

Among the group was a leading coroner and other security officials, who Turkish intelligence alleged are linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Turkish government, he said, is conducting its own investigation and will share the results with the USA and Saudi Arabia.

On Wednesday, Trump denied he was covering up for the Saudi royals but at the same time pointed to their importance as strategic and commercial partners.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has promised that no one will be exempt from inquiry into Khashoggi's disappearance and has ensured a thorough probe.

It said al-Otaibi can be heard on one tape saying during Khashoggi's torture: "Do this outside".

Khashoggi in the past said he always considered himself a patriot, viewing his criticism of the Saudi government as a sign of his love for Saudi Arabia and a desire for conditions there to improve.

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