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Saudi Arabia ready to concede writer was killed in consulate

16 October 2018

The report said that the Saudi government was preparing to say Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong.

Saudi officials have called all the allegations "baseless", but have offered no evidence the journalist left the consulate.

King Salman has replaced two crown princes in the past.

"Saudi Arabia is our ally, not just economically, which the president has correctly referred to, but it's also our No. 1 ally in the region of conflict that matters most to us - which is with the Islamic Republic of Iran", Lieberman said Monday to FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo on "Mornings with Maria". He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on October 2.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh

Speaking in Toronto Monday, Trudeau said Canada will not be silenced by human rights abusers like Saudi Arabia and its leader, Mohammad Bin Salman - the young crown prince who has sought to modernize his deeply religious country but has bristled at criticism from overseas.

In other words: The Saudis' official defense is, reportedly, "We only wanted to torture and kidnap the dissident journalist, but the Crown Prince's friend got a little too enthusiastic, and accidentally killed him".

The White House is brushing aside threats by Saudi Arabia that it may economically retaliate for any USA punitive action imposed over the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pledging a "swift, open, transparent investigation" into his disappearance.

"The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations", the official SPA news agency quoted an official source as saying. "Secretary Mnuchin should immediately cancel his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia and after a two year delay, the Trump Administration should finally nominate a U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia". Certain areas of the consulate were to remain off-limits, although officials would be able to inspect surveillance cameras, Turkish media reported.

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He fled the country in September 2017, and has not been since after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. A commercial for Crown Jewel aired and it mentioned the date and start time with no references to Saudi Arabia.

Mr Trump has said Saudi Arabia could face "severe punishment" if it was proven it was involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi stocks have also been hit, suffering days of heavy losses, but made a strong comeback yesterday with the Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) rising over 4%.

Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government who has written for the Washington Post, was last seen walking into the consulate on 2 October.

They include the CEO of Uber, a company in which Saudi Arabia has invested billions of dollars; billionaire Richard Branson; JPMorgan Chase & Co. Turkey said Erdogan "stressed the forming of a joint working group to probe the case".

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Britain's Brexit minister, Dominic Raab, could also come to Brussels then if weekend talks cover enough ground. Up to 80 Tories are also reportedly considering voting it down.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she told her Saudi counterpart Monday that she wants to see a "thorough and transparent" investigation into Khashoggi's fate.

Investigators have been arriving at the building in Istanbul - first a Saudi team followed by Turkish forensic police.

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

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Saudi Arabia ready to concede writer was killed in consulate