Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Disappearance of Saudi journalist being treated with utmost seriousness - Hunt

Disappearance of Saudi journalist being treated with utmost seriousness - Hunt

President Donald Trump has declared the USA will uncover the truth about what happened to journalist and us resident Jamal Khashoggi, whose possible murder at Saudi hands after disappearing in Istanbul has captured worldwide attention.

The White House also revealed in a statement by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that two senior officials, the national security advisor and Trump's son-in-law, have contacted the Saudis on the matter.

Pence did not indicate that either Turkey, which has launched an intensive investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, or Saudi Arabia has sought USA assistance.

The Turkish government hasn't provided formal evidence that could back up the spate of anonymous allegations that the Saudi writer was killed inside the Istanbul consulate.

The US president, a key ally of the oil-rich Gulf state, said he had spoken with Saudi representatives about the "bad situation" with the journalist but did not disclose details of the conversations.

Turkish officials have said they believe he was murdered there.

"I think that would be hurting us", Mr Trump said. I don't want to lose an order like that. President Trump has said "we would be punishing ourselves" by canceling arm sales.

He had apparently drawn the wrath of the Saudi government, which has become an ever-closer US ally under President Donald Trump.

Cengiz told CNN that she felt responsible for Khashoggi, and has been "in a state of deep confusion and sadness". Turkish authorities are telling journalists what they think happened, citing released video footage: that Khashoggi was targeted and murdered. Corker said "everything points to them".

Vice President Mike Pence signals the USA may help investigate the disappearance of the Washington Post contributor and prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. As chair of the subcommittee on appropriations handling USA foreign assistance, he had voted in favor of a $500 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia in 2017.

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", Ms Cengiz wrote.

Khashoggi entered the consulate on October 2 to handle a routine paperwork issue but he never came out, according to family and friends, as well as Turkish authorities. The move appears aimed at prompting a more active response from an administration that has been restrained in its reaction to Khashoggi's disappearance. Saudi Arabia officials said that he had left the building, but have not provided evidence. Their offer was withdrawn after Turkish state-owned media published a full list of the Saudis who arrived in Turkey on two private jets that day. As a columnist for the Post, Khashoggi was a frequent critic of the Saudi regime.

"Saudis wanted to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and lay hands on him there", the Post quoted a person familiar with the information as saying.

"The Saudi Consulate can not absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched", said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association.

Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Prince Mohammed, who has led a widely publicised drive to reform the conservative Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.

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