Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Jamal Khashoggi died inside our consulate after a fight, says Saudi Arabia

Jamal Khashoggi died inside our consulate after a fight, says Saudi Arabia

"The case of the disappearance of the citizen Jamal bin Ahmed Khashoggi drew the attention of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the highest levels, and due to the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, the Kingdom took the necessary procedures to clarify the truth and began by dispatching a security team to Turkey on 6 October 2018 to investigate and cooperate with counterparts in Turkey".

In his first reaction, US President Donald Trump said Friday that he found credible Saudi Arabia's assertion that Khashoggi died as a result of a fight.

"I think it's a good first step, it's a big step". Eighteen Saudis have been detained in connection with the inquiry.

President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a USA response.

Saudi government officials admitted Friday that Khashoggi was killed in their consulate in Turkey, where he'd gone October 2 to get some routine paperwork. Saudi Arabia denies all such allegations, claiming that Khashoggi left the consulate alive on the same day and vowing to provide all possible assistance to the investigation.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul, more than two weeks after his disappearance tipped the kingdom into one of its worst global crises.

In Saudi Arabia, all eyes will be on what happens next.

And will the USA government believe this explanation of the chain of events, which raises more questions and looks like an attempt to separate the Saudi royals from this crime?

A Conservative MP in the county is facing questions over payments of more than £40,000 he received as an advisor to an organisation based in Saudi Arabia.

Bostic said he saw little risk to a USA economy that is "chugging along" with very low unemployment and inflation at the Fed's 2 percent target.

Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, called the Saudi statement a cover-up. "And if he was accidentally killed in a fist fight, then where is the body?"

CNN's Poppy Harlow immediately pushed back, saying, "Just to be clear, congressman, we don't have - I just want to be clear for our viewers, we do not have that reporting".

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia a year ago fearing he'd be arrested, and became a US resident.

And Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee noted that the Senate has demanded an investigation by the US government.

Khashoggi's death showed 'just how unsafe it is to have people acting with a sense that they have impunity in their relationship with United States, ' he said.

Saudi Arabia enjoys far greater respect in the Oval Office than in the Capitol.

Riyadh has faced mounting worldwide pressure since Jamal Khashoggi went missing after entering Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate on October 2. He hadn't been seen since.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers including Trump ally Sen. The president admitted in an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday that the idea had been suggested to him by King Salman. "Since the Trump Administration won't stand up against atrocity, Congress must".

"Part of our reaction will depend on the Saudi reaction, and whether we sense that they are taking it as seriously as we are taking it".

At the meeting with defense executives Friday, Trump addressed Boeing Co.

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