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U.S. Must ‘Push Harder for the Truth’ About Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

U.S. Must ‘Push Harder for the Truth’ About Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

On Tuesday, the NTV broadcaster reported that the Turkish police had found evidence during their authorized search of the Saudi Consulate showing that Khashoggi had been murdered there. Saudi Arabia has previously insisted he left the building alive, but Cengiz says she never saw him again. Turkish officials said they fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate. Investigators said the search will take place Wednesday, according to state broadcaster TRT.

In Riyadh, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir greeted Pompeo at the airport.

The telephonic talks between Trump and King Salman is being seen as an attempt by the Saudi ruler to defuse tension apparently caused by the 33-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting now with Saudi King Salman over the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

On Tuesday, President Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the crown prince informed them that an investigation into the matter had begun and answers would be forthcoming shortly.

"One of the suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman-seen disembarking from airplanes with him in Paris and Madrid and photographed standing guard during his visits this year to Houston, Boston, and the United Nations", the Times reported.

Pompeo was sent to Riyadh on Monday at the request of President Donald Trump to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance with the leaders there. Trump provided no evidence, but that statement appeared to offer the US -allied kingdom a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm.

"He should just know that he has to be better than this, because if he isn't, who else is going to be?"

Left unsaid was the fact that any decision in the ultraconservative kingdom rests exclusively with the ruling Al Saud family.

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"The effort behind the scenes is focused on avoiding a diplomatic crisis between the two countries", said Ayham Kamel, the head of the Eurasia Group's Mideast and North African practice.

"Riyadh will have to provide some explanation of the journalist's disappearance, but in a manner that distances the leadership from any claim that a decision was made at senior levels to assassinate the prominent journalist".

"It depends whether or not the king or the crown prince knew about it, in my opinion, number one, what happened, but whether or not they knew about it".

"Those who know me, know I'm not this cold-hearted", said Horak.

Freeland said she's been in regular contact with her Saudi counterpart, but she had nothing new to report on Tuesday.

But it was delayed because no Saudi official was present for the joint investigation, the Turkish official added. Permission apparently came after a late Sunday night call between King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

State-run Anadolu Agency quoted Erdogan as saying Turkey wished a "result that allows us to reach an opinion" as to what happened to the journalist. The Turkish official would not comment on the disposal method for the body.

The Saudis have called the allegations "baseless", but multiple media outlets reported Monday that the Saudi government may say that rogue intelligence operatives murdered Khashoggi by mistake inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month during an interrogation that went wrong. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.