As Pompeo Remains Tight-Lipped, Turkey Details Khashoggi's Alleged Murder

As Pompeo Remains Tight-Lipped, Turkey Details Khashoggi's Alleged Murder

As Pompeo Remains Tight-Lipped, Turkey Details Khashoggi's Alleged Murder

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Khashoggi incident is "really going to challenge" the US relationship with Saudi Arabia, though said it's "too early to predict what the consequences will be".

On a plane back home, Pompeo said Erdogan "made clear that the Saudis had cooperated with the investigation that the Turks are engaged in and they are going to share information".

Erdogan did not expand on that claim, only adding that "my hope is that we can reach conclusions that will give us a reasonable opinion as soon as possible".

She told "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday that Khashoggi said the Saudis "wanted him out of the picture" over his recent criticisms of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

CNN and Al Jazeera reported the gruesome murder late Tuesday evening, citing an anonymous Turkish official.

After he was shown into the office of the Saudi consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, the agents seized Khashoggi nearly immediately and began to beat and torture him, eventually cutting off his fingers, the senior Turkish official said.

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he went in order to obtain documents necessary for his marriage.

The report came as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with Turkish officials in Ankara about Khashoggi's disappearance - a day after visiting Riyadh to discuss the mystery with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Members of the US Congress, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans, are among the loudest voices in the United States demanding answers and action on Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who moved to Washington past year fearing retribution for his critical views.

In an interview on Wednesday, Mr Trump said he did not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia over the issue as the USA relies on the kingdom in the fight against terrorism.

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"The secretary also expressed the United States' concern" over Khashoggi's disappearance, the statement said.

Pompeo came to Ankara after Riyadh where he held a 20-minute talk with King Salman and then a brief meeting and much lengthier dinner with his son Prince Mohammed.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was decapitated on October 2 inside his country's consulate in Istanbul after torture during which his fingers were cut off, according to media reports citing an audio recording of the brutal execution.

"We will probably know that by the end of the week", Trump said.

"Gardiner and others believe the Trump administration may likely bring limited economic sanctions only against those responsible for the suspected murder, similar to what happened to Turkey's Justice Minister in the detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson".

Security services in Turkey have used pro-government media to leak details of Khashoggi's case, adding to the pressure on the kingdom.

A search expected on Tuesday at the consul's residence did not take place as family members were still present but should go ahead on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

In an editorial headlined "Why is the Trump administration cleaning up Saudi Arabia's mess?" the paper backed calls by United Nations officials for an independent worldwide commission into the disappearance of the journalist earlier this month, which has tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and a partner in USA efforts to combat Iranian influence in the region, has said it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions.

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