Pompeo to visit Turkey after Riyadh over Khashoggi

Arab leaders stand by Saudi Arabia after journalist's disappearance

Arab leaders stand by Saudi Arabia after journalist's disappearance

Turkish forensics and police officers arrive to the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018, to search the premises in the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Despite being anxious for his safety, he had gone into the consulate in Istanbul to get a document necessary to marry his Turkish fiancee, the partner and friends have said.

The kingdom has called such allegations "baseless" but has not offered any evidence Mr Khashoggi ever left the consulate.

Cengiz said she waited outside the consulate for hours but Khashoggi never came out.

Trump visited the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president and has touted US arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is flying to Saudi Arabia immediately.

The president provided no evidence to back his comment, but said that during a phone call the Saudi King had firmly denied knowing what had happened to Mr Khashoggi.

But CNN cited two sources as saying the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge Khashoggi's death resulted from an interrogation that went wrong during an intended abduction. A source acknowledged that the report was still being prepared and cautioned that things could change. He said in Georgia that Pompeo may add a stop in Turkey.

"However, it's also highly circumspect that Saudi Arabia, which maintains Khashoggi left the consulate, has yet to turn up proof attesting to that", he concluded.

"Please be advised that the reception for the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday, October 18, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm has been canceled", said the email, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post. An investment conference seen as a platform for the crown prince and dubbed the "Davos in the Desert" which was scheduled to take place in Riyadh next week, has been hit by a string of prominent cancellations. "Our family is traumatized, and yearns to be together during this painful time".

The case has caused friction between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which repeatedly accused the Saudis of failing to cooperate with their investigation. Turkey said Erdogan "stressed the forming of a joint working group to probe the case".

Seasoned observers of Middle East politics, including some at senior levels of the Turkish government, have speculated for days about the likelihood that the royal court would seek to accuse a "rogue" operator within the Saudi security services of killing Khashoggi.

But it remained unclear what evidence would remain almost two weeks after Khashoggi's disappearance.

A cleaning crew with mops and rubbish bags walked in past journalists waiting outside the consulate. I mean, who knows? At least some of them appear to have high-level connections in the Saudi government.

The Yemeni statement said Saudi Arabia was being targeted due to its "honourable and honest positions" towards a range of issues, particularly its role in combating "terrorism and extremism" fostered by Iran.

More major players in global finance and industry are pulling out of a high-profile business conference in Saudi Arabia in the wake of reports that a US -based Saudi writer critical of the government disappeared and is feared dead after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey. Democratic lawmakers criticized the President for his comments after the call with King Salman.

One Twitter user said the Saudis "will not bow down and will not kneel, but only to God".

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