Turkish official: New evidence Saudi writer slain in consulate


Turkish authorities believe 15 Saudi men who arrived in Istanbul on October 2 were connected to the disappearance - and possible murder - of Khashoggi at the consulate in Istanbul.

"Canada has raised the issue directly with Saudi Arabia and we are talking about the issue with our allies", Freeland said Tuesday during a question and answer session at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.

Mr Pompeo meets with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and the crown prince in Riyadh on Tuesday to discuss the disappearance and alleged murder of Khashoggi.

Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday that denial of knowledge from the Saudi regime about the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he visited the Turkish Saudi Consulate "strains" the nation's credibility. "They made a commitment to do that", he told reporters traveling with him after boarding the plane for Ankara.

The kingdom has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press. The source said Turkish authorities had not asked him to leave.

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"Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent", he said. Turkish officials said they fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled to Saudi Arabia to talk to King Salman and the 33-year-old crown prince about the fate of the journalist who wrote critically about the Saudis for the Washington Post.

In contrast to the president's cautious words, Graham offered a fiery critic of Saudi Arabia.

Bin Salman was appointed crown prince in 2017 by a royal decree from King Salman, an aging ruler who is thought to be a figurehead.

MbS, who has enjoyed a close relationship with the Trump administration, has painted himself as the face of a new, vibrant Saudi Arabia, diversifying its economy away from reliance on oil and making some social changes.

But there has been mounting criticism against some of the prince's moves.

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Turkish police did not search the Saudi consul's Istanbul residence on Tuesday, officers at the scene said, because Saudi officials were not able to join. Saudi officials say he left the building, but have provided no evidence to support this.

Pompeo will head to Turkey on Wednesday, the BBC said.

"Whether we like it or not, the world needs Saudi Arabia ... if Saudi Arabia were to descend into the kind of chaos that's potentially there, it would make Syria look like a picnic", Horak told a Tuesday night meeting of the Canadian International Council in Ottawa.

The high-level Turkish official told the AP that police found "certain evidence" of Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate, without elaborating. The other three suspects are connected by witness accounts and other records linked to the Saudi crown prince's security team, the report added.Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a diplomat assigned to the Saudi Embassy in London in 2007, is among the suspects, the report said citing a British diplomatic roster.

But it was delayed because no Saudi official was present for the joint investigation, the Turkish official added.

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