Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Khashoggi killed in interrogation 'gone wrong'

Khashoggi killed in interrogation 'gone wrong'

The US President today said he has spoken to Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the incident, suggesting that "rogue killers" could be responsible.

"I plan to give the Senate another chance to vote on my resolution to end our support for the war in Yemen, to reassert congressional authority over matters of war, and to show the Saudis that they do not have a blank check to continue human rights violations".

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is reportedly going to produce a report admitting that not only was a Washington Post columnist killed at its consulate building in Istanbul, but also that the murder was the result of an interrogation gone awry.

The Saudi acceptance came after the kingdom on Sunday threatened retaliation for any sanctions it could face over Khashoggi.

Sens. Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake, members of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Congress is prepared to move quickly and firmly if Trump fails to adequately respond to the October 2 disappearance of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor.

At one point, he said that he cancelled his promotion tour in Saudi Arabia after being informed of Khashoggi's suspicious disappearance inside the country's Istanbul consulate.

The disappearance of Khashoggi, last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, has whipped up worldwide concern, with new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman increasingly the focus of sharp criticism.


'We encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi Government to provide a complete and detailed response'.

The development comes after a Saudi delegation of a dozen officials arrived in Turkey while Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the weekend discussed the case in their first telephone talks on the controversy.

A critic of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mr Khashoggi visited the consulate to obtain a document confirming he had divorced his ex-wife, in order to allow him to remarry.

Meanwhile, more leading business figures say they will not attend a major investment conference in Riyadh later this month.

Saudi Telecom are their longest running commercial partner and a year ago United entered into a "strategic partnership" with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia which involves United "lending its business and sporting expertise to clubs, sporting authorities and individuals in Saudi Arabia". Ford chairman Bill Ford and Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi are also among those who will not be attending the conference.

"Turkey has not been our ally lately", Lieberman said.

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