Trump Says He Now Believes Khashoggi Is Dead, Threatens 'Consequences'

Jamal Khashoggi speaking at a Project on Middle East Democracy event in Washington D.C. in March

Jamal Khashoggi speaking at a Project on Middle East Democracy event in Washington D.C. in March

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump added his voice to concerns for Mr Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh to discuss the situation with King Salman.

In response to another question on Saudi Arabia, she said: "Canada's position on human rights in general, very much including in Saudi Arabia, is clear and firm".

"We will share the results to emerge with the entire world".

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin abandoned plans to attend an October 23-25 investor conference in Riyadh as did executives from Goldman Sachs Group Inc., putting the high-profile event in question.

Pompeo said he believes those combined efforts will produce "a complete picture" of what happened to Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist living in the US who had been critical of the kingdom.

This year's event comes as Saudi Arabia faces intense global pressure following the disappearance and apparent death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and USA resident who has written critically of the Saudi regime. Whether any of the pushback and outrage will lead to any rethinking of the U.Sadministration's's approach to Saudi Arabia, however, remains to be seen.

Early in the Turkish investigation, focus was given to the movements of 14 vehicles that came and left the consulate the day of Khashoggi's disappearance.

"They said, 'We have audio on this".

We will have them very soon, and I think we'll be making a statement, a very strong statement.

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Turkish investigators have for a second time searched the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi disappeared, and also searched the consul's residence.

"He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey and for me to ignore it, I feel used and abused", Graham told Fox and Friends.

"Behind the scenes, we're told by sources, he told them they needed to hurry".

Pompeo told reporters that he had just briefed the president on his visit to Ankara and Riyadh, where both the Saudi and Turkish governments reiterated their commitments to a full investigation.

"I still want to wish and hope that he is alive and so on", Kislakci said.

Kislakci claimed that the tapes reveal that after Khashoggi went into the Saudi embassy, he was given documents to sign.

"Government welcomes the ongoing diplomatic interaction between the Republic of Turkey and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the investigation which seeks to get to the bottom of this matter".

Mr Trump's comments, however, signalled an urgency in completing the probe into the disappearance of the journalist, last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Meanwhile, several high-profile human rights groups have demanded that Turkey ask the United Nations to investigate the possible killing of Mr Khashoggi.

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