Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump accuses Saudis of 'lies' over Khashoggi killing

Trump accuses Saudis of 'lies' over Khashoggi killing

USA congressional leaders said the Gulf kingdom should face severe consequences for Khashoggi's murder.

The foreign minister said Saudi Arabia's investigation into Khashoggi's death was still in its early stages.

Erdogan is expected to make a full statement to his party's MPs in parliament on Tuesday.

"We're trying to ascertain the facts as to what happened in the consulate", he said.

As suspicion over his disappearance grew, Saudi authorities offered up a variety of weird explanations, beginning with an assertion that he had left the consulate unharmed.

On the day Khashoggi disappeared, Cengiz waited for hours outside the consulate for him and, when he did not return, got in touch with authorities as he had instructed her to do, she later said.

A Saudi official, who spoke to The Post on the condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation, refused to confirm the details of the Reuters report but said that there had been a standing order from Saudi intelligence to "negotiate with people outside to come back home".

Jubeir was the first senior Saudi official to speak on the record since the Saudis admitted on Saturday that Khashoggi was dead.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the suspension of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that they can not be done under the "current circumstances", in reference to the Khashoggi case.

"Obviously there's been deception and there's been lies", he said of the shifting accounts offered by Riyadh.

For Saudi Arabia's allies - particularly in the West - the question will be whether they believe that the prince, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

"If Saudi state involvement is indeed proven, the global community must stand firm in its stated resolve to insist on the highest level of investigation and punishment for those responsible - both for the perpetrators of this horrendous crime and the masterminds who ordered it".

Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Saturday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he believed Prince Mohammed, the heir-apparent of the world's largest oil exporter, was behind the killing.

"I think you're going to see the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany working collectively with others if he did this to respond in an appropriate way".

Riyadh has said Khashoggi died in its Istanbul consulate after a fistfight, but many of America's Western allies are not convinced.

King Salman expressed his deepest sympathy in a telephone call Sunday to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the 59-year-old journalist, who died in Istanbul early this month.

The Saudis have laid out different versions of the circumstances that led to the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was not seen after entering the consulate on October 2.

The official said Saudi statements had changed because of "false information reported internally at the time".

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