Mike Pompeo to arrive in Saudi to meet King Salman

Jermaine Castillo
October 16, 2018

Just a few hours prior, Trump had speculated on Monday that "rogue killers" may have been behind the disappearance of the Saudi journalist and dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet King Salman over the case.

CNN reports that the Saudi government is preparing to say Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong.

Turkish officials have said they have audio and video that proves Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

Saudi Arabia is considering an admission that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong, United States media reported on Monday. "The report is intended, per CNN, to absolve the Saudi government of responsibility for the murder by claiming the operation was not cleared", the new report said. The report was attributed to two unnamed sources.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to "punish" Riyadh if it was proven to be behind the suspected killing.

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Prince Mohammed, 33, a son of King Salman, consolidated his control in June 2017 when he was named Crown Prince to replace his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, who was sacked.

This message had been conveyed "directly to the Saudi authorities", said the statement, signed by Britain's foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany's Heiko Maas. And frankly the fact that it's a reporter you could say in many respects it. brings it to a level.

On that same day 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the building while Khashoggi was also inside, Turkish police sources said. Saudi officials have been in and out of the building since Khashoggi's disappearance on 2 October without being stopped.

Trump last week vowed to uncover the truth about what happened to Khashoggi and promised "severe punishment" for those responsible.

Private companies have already taken a tough stance towards the allegations that Saudi Arabia possibly killed Khashoggi, a major critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Trump said he would be calling King Salman of Saudi Arabia to discuss the Khashoggi matter.

TOKYO, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Asian stocks rose modestly on Tuesday, gaining a firmer footing after a week of heavy losses, although increasing tensions between Saudi Arabia and the West have fanned geopolitical concerns and capped gains. But since the disappearance of Khashoggi, numerous event's high-profile media sponsors and journalists are pulling out in a show of solidarity, reports CNN.

Pointing out that Russia and China were ready to step in, he added that "no one can deny that repercussions of these sanctions will include a Russian military base in Tabuk, northwest of Saudi Arabia, in the heated four corners of Syria, Israel, Lebanon and Iraq".

But privately, others are now questioning whether the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the man once hailed as a visionary saviour of Saudi Arabia, has gone too far.

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