Saudis know they must act fast on Khashoggi probe, says Pompeo

Trump Speaks to Saudi King, Sends Pompeo for Follow-Up

Secretary Pompeo is in Saudi Arabia to press King salman about khashoggi's disappearance

So far there is no guarantee that the world will get any proof of Saudi Arabia's account of Khashoggi's death, beyond being asked to take the kingdom's word for it.

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They are hesitant to provide a platform for journalists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen.

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'I don't give a damn who you are, ' the unidentified agent can be heard telling Barnett in video he later posted on Twitter. There has been no such correction.

Turkish officials say that a hit squad of 15 Saudis flew to Istanbul for just hours surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance, and they reportedly claim to have audio recordings of Khashoggi being interrogated and murdered.

Khashoggi had fled the country past year amid the rise of Prince Mohammed, whom he wrote critically about in the Post.

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A suspect identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

As the Saudi-Turkish investigation into the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi continues, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has visited the governments of both countries to relay the sense of gravity with which the US weighs the situation.

"As much as the White House is eager to absolve MBS, the rogue coverup is unraveling before it's even official", Riedel added. "They're ghastly. But those reports have never affected strategic or economic policy, and I don't think they will now", Lippmann said.

Saudi support will also be key to the political elements of the plan that Israel insists put its security on par with Palestinian statehood.

The Saudi government has not given a full accounting of what happened to Khashoggi, a critic of the regime, after he entered the compound on October 2.

"It is in our interest to maintain a relationship with Saudi Arabia, especially on issues like counterterrorism cooperation and regional stability initiatives, but prior administrations have been able to do that while still pushing for reforms and holding nations accountable for human rights abuses", Monaco said.

Trump was defensive this week about the suggestion that his administration is trying to give the Saudis room to come up with a statement absolving Mohammed.

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Khashoggi , an outspoken critic of the regime, hasn't been seen since entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The shows are part of a 10-year, multi-million dollar deal between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Such a forum is now lacking, says Khashoggi, a Post contributor and U.S. resident who disappeared entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who also met with Pompeo, said there was evidence that some materials had been freshly painted.

The existence of audio evidence that Mr Khashoggi - a critic of Saudi leaders - was murdered was revealed by Turkish investigators early on in their inquiries.

"I don't want to do that", Trump told Fox News in an interview when asked if he is going to "walk away" from Saudi Arabia.

Earlier on Wednesday, he told Fox Business Network that the United States relies on Saudi Arabia to fight against terrorism and Iran, and would thus be unwilling to walk away from the kingdom, a "tremendous purchaser" of USA military equipment.

When asked whether the Saudi officials told him whether Khashoggi is alive or dead, Pompeo said, "I don't want to talk about any of the facts".

"If a country engages in activity that is unlawful it's unacceptable", he said.

Turkish police have arrived at the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul to conduct a search over the disappearance and alleged slaying of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

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How is Turkey's investigation progressing?

It's unclear if Turkey offered him the chance to hear any such recordings.

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