Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Saudi king calls Erdogan as Khashoggi fallout widens

Saudi king calls Erdogan as Khashoggi fallout widens

Saudi Arabia's state news agency has released a slew of statements from allies in the region supporting the kingdom amid global outrage over its suspected role in the disappearance and possible death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi state owned Al-Arabiya news channel delivered a bullish message to the USA and the worldwide community in response to growing calls for sanctions against Riyadh over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi national and United States resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom's Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on Oct 2.

Turkish officials say Khashoggi, 59, was killed when he entered the consulate and his body was removed from the country by a Saudi hit team that arrived in Turkey the same day.

The king, Trump reported, suggested it could have been "rogue killers". "We're very much working with our allies in the worldwide community to try and bring forward a concerted, or at least an aligned, response as we learn more about this situation", Trudeau said during a "fireside chat" at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.

However, he told CBS News on Saturday that the U.S. was investigating the case which he called "really bad and disgusting" and that "there will be severe punishment".

Private companies have already taken a tough stance towards the allegations that Saudi Arabia possibly killed Khashoggi, a major critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Turkish officials have said Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate, where he went to get documents for his planned marriage.

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USA politicians have backed the call for tough punitive action against the Saudis, while Germany, France and Britain have jointly called for a "credible investigation" into his disappearance.

President Donald Trump stops to talk to members of the media in Washington, Oct. 15, 2018, to board Marine One helicopter en route to Florida to tour areas the devastation left behind from Hurricane Michael last week.

King Salman and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday evening and stressed the importance of the two countries creating a joint group as part of the probe. He and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, have forged close ties.

In Istanbul, meanwhile, investigators entered the consulate for their own investigation. "Those banks and firms that reject the [conference] invitation now may find doors closed to them in the future", Young said.

He made that point again and again as he left the White House, telling reporters, "All I can do is report what he told me".

"If they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China or they're going to buy it from other countries", Trump said at a news conference on Saturday.

In other words: The Saudis' official defense is, reportedly, "We only wanted to torture and kidnap the dissident journalist, but the Crown Prince's friend got a little too enthusiastic, and accidentally killed him".

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