Turkish official: 'Certain evidence' of Khashoggi slaying found in consulate

Turkish official: 'Certain evidence' of Khashoggi slaying found in consulate

Turkish official: 'Certain evidence' of Khashoggi slaying found in consulate

Pompeo, fresh off meetings with the Saudi royal court in Riyadh, has been generally tight-lipped about his discussions, but officials in Turkey - where Khashoggi went missing two weeks ago after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul - described talks with Pompeo as "beneficial and fruitful".

"We are strong and old allies", the prince told Pompeo.

The Oval Office interview came not long after Trump spoke Tuesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh to talk directly with Saudi Arabia's royals amid strong pressure in Congress and the US media to prevent the vanishing of Khashoggi from being swept under the carpet.

US President Donald Trump pushed back on Tuesday (Oct 16) at global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the disappearance and suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying the kingdom deserved to be presumed innocent. The source said Saudi Arabia must make "a genuine contribution" to the investigation of Khashoggi's disappearance in Istanbul. "They made a commitment to do that", he told reporters travelling with him after boarding the plane for Ankara.

Bachelet said: "Given there seems to be clear evidence that Mr. Khashoggi entered the consulate and has never been seen since, the onus is on the Saudi authorities to reveal what happened to him from that point onwards".

"Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent", he said.

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Graham, who described himself as Saudi Arabia's "biggest defender in the Senate, ' turned on the USA ally, saying Crown Prince Mohammed - who is often referred to by his initials MBS - is a 'toxic" figure who 'has got to go'.

Earlier, in a Twitter post, Trump said Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman denied knowing what happened in the Saudi consulate.

MbS, who has enjoyed a close relationship with the Trump administration, has painted himself as the face of a new, vibrant Saudi Arabia, diversifying its economy away from reliance on oil and making some social changes.

But there has been mounting criticism of some of the prince's moves. The kingdom also denied an assertion by France that it held Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri captive in November 2017. The Saudi Arabia kingship was said to be very unhappy with his writings and moves to unite intellectuals and activists who supported democracy.

A Turkish official said on Tuesday the top Saudi diplomat's residence in Istanbul would also be searched.

"The effort behind the scenes is focused on avoiding a diplomatic crisis between the two countries and has succeeded in finding a pathway to deescalate tensions", said Ayham Kamel, the head of the Eurasia Group's Mideast and North Africa division. Saudi government-run media, suggested that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon if the U.S. tries to punish them.

Three other suspects are linked to Prince Mohammed's security detail and a fifth is a high-level forensic doctor, the Times said. Saudi officials did not respond to requests for comment for this article. Turkish police remained inside Saudi consulate for eight hours.

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