U.S. revokes 21 Saudi visas over Khashoggi death

Geraldine Edwards
October 28, 2018

It also contradicts many observers who believe the complex scheme that led to Khashoggi's death could not have occurred without the knowledge of the crown prince, who controls all major levers of power in the kingdom with the blessing of his father, King Salman.

The murderers of Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi must be convicted in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Turkish media reported October 23.

The Turkish president, while noting that global law and the Vienna convention gave diplomatic immunity to the consulate building and its staff, said a full investigation must be carried out by a neutral party to hold those culpable to account.

First, Saudi Arabia said Khashoggi had left the building alive, then that he had been killed in a "fist-fight" inside the consulate.

According to NBC, both Khalid and Saud bin Abdullah Al Qahtani, a senior official who was recently fired for his role in Khashoggi's death, had courted Khashoggi for at least a year and told him he would be welcomed back despite his dissident writing about the kingdom.

Riyadh's energy minister said it had signed $56 billion of deals at the conference despite the partial boycott and that it expected the United States to remain a key business partner.

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The Saudi official says that Khashoggi was undressed, but his body was not cut into pieces.

The secretary also said the US was considering taking action, such as imposing financial sanctions, under the Magnitsky Act.

President Donald Trump says the killing of a Saudi journalist was a botched operation and a "bad original concept" as his administration has taken its first steps in punishing the Saudis by deciding to revoke the visas of the suspects.

"As we all know, these are hard days for us in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia", al-Falih said in a speech to attendees seated in the forum's ornate hall.

After decades of Saudi Arabia buying U.S. weapons and enjoying Washington's protection, Grappo doubted Saudi Arabia could easily switch to another supplier such as Russian Federation or China.

Relations between the West and Saudi Arabia have been strained in recent weeks, as the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was revealed.

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Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate by Saudi agents on Octpober 2.

Shortly after Erdogan spoke on Tuesday, President Trump said of the affair, "The cover-up was the worst in the history of cover-ups". If Khashoggi still refused to return to Saudi Arabia at that point, the team was to leave and a "local collaborator" was to let him go, the source claimed. Turkish officials have told AP that investigators were looking into the possibility that the journalist's remains may have been hidden at those two locations.

Even in the face of gruesome details of Jamal Khashoggi's slaying, Trump has resisted calls to cut off arms sales to the kingdom and has been reluctant to antagonize the Saudi rulers. "The American people want answers, and we will demand that those answers are forthcoming". "So they will listen to those stakeholders and shareholders", Hamod said.

"I do not doubt the sincerity of King Salman of Saudi Arabia", said President Erdogan.

How Trump has arrived at the 500,000 jobs figure deal is unclear since the five biggest USA defense contractors, who manufacture almost every item on the Saudi list, now only employ 383,000 people.

To that end, CIA Director Gina Haspel was in Turkey Tuesday and due back to the US either Tuesday night or Wednesday, according to the president, who added he expects to receive a report on findings "soon".

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Riyadh initially denied having any part in Mr Khashoggi's disappearance, before later claiming he died in a "fist fight". He's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him", Trump said.

"Why has the body of someone who was officially said to be killed not been found yet?" asked Erdogan.

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