Saudi’s explanation of Khashoggi death credible, says Trump

Dem Rep Has 'Irresponsible' Theory: Jared Kushner Orchestrated Journalist's Death in Saudi Arabia Consulate

Dem Rep Has 'Irresponsible' Theory: Jared Kushner Orchestrated Journalist's Death in Saudi Arabia Consulate

Turkish officials said that 15 Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi, according to reports.

The Saudi public prosecutor said 18 people have been arrested. "The Secretary-General stresses the need for a prompt thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's death and full accountability for those responsible".

But amid growing pressure at home and overseas over his soft posture toward Saudi Arabia, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin withdrew from a high-profile investment summit scheduled to begin in Riyadh later this month, and Trump on Thursday seemed to warn that there would be "severe" consequences for Riyadh if it was found responsible for Khashoggi's death. Saudi TV also confirmed that General Ahmad al-Asiri, deputy director of General Intelligence Directorate, was sacked over the incident.

The Saudi narrative of Khashoggi's death, alleged to have occurred in a brawl following discussions with visiting officials in the consulate, contrasts with Turkish pro-government media reports that a Saudi hit squad, including an autopsy expert, traveled to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi and dispose of his body, which has not yet been found.

October 2: Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate in a leafy neighborhood in Istanbul at 1.14 p.m. on Tuesday.

Shortly before Riyadh confirmed that Khashoggi had been killed, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman agreed in telephone talks to continue cooperation in the investigation into the Khashoggi affair.

He had previously worked as a legal adviser with late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud's team in 2003 - when King Abdullah was the kingdom's crown prince. On Thursday, a leaked surveillance photo put Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage on trips to the U.S., France, and Spain this year, at the consulate just ahead of Khashoggi's arrival.

US President Donald Trump said the Saudi account of events was "credible" but was cautious not to mention any sanctions against his gulf ally and appeared unwilling to distance himself too much from the Saudi leadership. The American leader said he does not believe Saudi Arabia's leadership lied to him, adding that the U.S. needs Saudi Arabia to counteract Iran.

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Fitzgerald addressed a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Barron, where he said autopsies on both victims have been completed. I'm struggling with this because I don't have some of those answers that I want to give you", Fitzgerald told reporters.

By acknowledging that Khashoggi died without taking direct responsibility, Saudi leaders may be trying to give Washington and Ankara a way out of an unwanted confrontation with the Gulf powerhouse.

It is clear that the Saudi statement leaves many questions unanswered, added Butter.

According to Castro, this means there has to be an investigation into the potential sharing of intelligence between the US and Saudi Arabia.

The vague statement has not explained exactly how he died, but the suspects then apparently tried to cover it up.

"I will remain a loyal servant to my country for all times", he wrote. "We will continue to closely follow the global investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Until recently, the inquiry has focused on the consulate in Istanbul's Levent district and the nearby residence of the Saudi consul general, Mohammed al-Otaibi, who left Turkey this week.

UAE minister commended the Saudi king for his great efforts to explore the truth and seek legal accountability.

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