Pompeo sees 'serious commitment' from Saudis on missing journalist

Pompeo sees 'serious commitment' from Saudis on missing journalist

Among other things, Turkish officials have said, an autopsy specialist carrying a bone saw was among 15 Saudi operatives who flew in and out of Istanbul the day Mr. Khashoggi disappeared.

The case has strained U.S. -Saudi ties and cast a shadow over Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to overhaul the kingdom's economy and attract foreign investment.

Khashoggi vanished October 2 during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The top USA diplomat on Wednesday refused to blame Riyadh, saying he did not want "to talk about any of the facts" - a day after President Trump said the kingdom must be presumed to be innocent.

The top USA diplomat will be in Turkey today to meet Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The three posed for photos before their meetings, but said nothing in front of journalists.

US President Donald Trump has sent his top diplomat, secretary of state Mike Pompeo, to Riyadh to discuss the incident with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"My assessment from these meetings is that there is serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials", he said in a statement.

No major decisions are made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom's ruling Al Saud family.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who was also a resident of the United States, has been a contributor to The Washington Post and a critic of Saudi leaders, especially Crown Prince Mohammed.

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Speaking to journalists in Geneva amid news reports that details of Khashoggi's death may surface soon, indicating that it was an accident, United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville said potentially serious crimes had been committed and the perpetrators should be held accountable.

Even if you set aside Trump's repeated emphases that the Saudis deny wrongdoing - which is a Trump tell if there ever was one - his comments betray an apparent willingness to float and parrot Saudi talking points in a way that shouldn't escape notice.

Yeni Safak, a strongly pro-government newspaper, said Mr al-Otaibi could be heard telling those allegedly torturing Mr Khashoggi: "Do this outside; you're going to get me in trouble".

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

Although Turkish officials have claimed that Khashoggi was murdered, no official explanation has been offered about his whereabouts. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). If Saudi Arabia does not become more transparent, various consequences will be very heavy for the future of the country.

Unnamed Turkish officials told CNN on Tuesday that Khashoggi's body was "cut into pieces" after he was killed at the consular building. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Police set up barricades outside the consul general's residence on Tuesday evening in order to carry out a planned search of the premises, but Turkey is waiting for a joint agreement with the Saudis to search the residence. The search, however, did not happen overnight and reasons for that weren't immediately clear. That convention covers diplomatic immunity, as well as the idea that embassies and consulates sit on foreign soil in their host countries.

Khashoggi is feared killed after he entered the consulate and was never seen exiting.

He said before arriving in Ankara that in Saudi Arabia he stressed the "importance of them conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance" and Riyadh had vowed to do this.

Saudi Arabia has said it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions. The president told the AP on Tuesday that that description was informed by his "feeling" from his conversation with Salman and that the king did not use the term.