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Pompeo listened to an alleged recording of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

19 October, 2018, 16:45 | Author: Shawna Walton
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President Donald Trump said on Thursday he presumes missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead and that the U.S. response to Saudi Arabia will likely be "very severe" but that he still wanted to get to the bottom of what exactly happened.

The Trump administration faces growing bipartisan outrage in Congress over Saudi Arabia's role in Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

The Saudis, Mr Pompeo said, also said the investigation "will be transparent" and the results made publicly available.

Fox Business Network has become the latest media partner to pull out of the Saudi Arabia-backed Future Investment Initiative, the worldwide conference featuring world business leaders that is scheduled to run October 23-25 in Riyadh.

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud has said claims "about orders to kill [Mr Khashoggi] are lies and baseless allegations against the government of the kingdom".

Khashoggi worked as an opinion columnist at The Washington Post newspaper, and has written critically of the Saudi government and its crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman. "It's bad, bad stuff".

"We made clear to them that we take this matter with respect to Mr Khashoggi very seriously", Mr Pompeo told reporters at the White House after meeting with Trump.

Khashoggi, 60, who has not been seen since entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, is feared to have been killed inside the mission.

But the issue of Khashoggi's fate is "gathering momentum", Charbonneau said, "and we hope that the momentum will be such that Turkey will not be able to say no, and will actually have to step forward ... and that the Saudis will be under so much pressure that they will have to cooperate" with a United Nations investigation.

Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, sparking global outcry and concern.

Pompeo told reporters that he had just briefed the president on his visit to Ankara and Riyadh, where both the Saudi and Turkish governments reiterated their commitments to a full investigation.

The widening of the investigation came only a few hours after Turkish crime scene investigators finished a nine-hour overnight search of both the consul general's residence and a second search of the consulate itself. "If they knew about it, that would be bad", he said during an interview on Tuesday.

'Friends, loved ones, I'm going to go out on a limb and say, that's a casket.

Kislakci claimed that the tapes reveal that after Khashoggi went into the Saudi embassy, he was given documents to sign.

Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", will be missing numerous major players after several world leaders and top business executives have decided not to attend.

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