Pompeo sees 'serious commitment' from Saudis on missing journalist

Pompeo sees 'serious commitment' from Saudis on missing journalist

Pompeo sees 'serious commitment' from Saudis on missing journalist

A major suspect in the missing Saudi journalist case was identified by the Turkish authorities as a frequent companion of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, stated media reports.

As Saudi Arabia's green national flag flapped overhead, forensics teams entered the residence, located slightly more than a mile from the consulate where Khashoggi vanished October 2 while trying to pick up paperwork to get married.

The Washington Post, whose columnist Jamal Khashoggi was reported to have been killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has accused the administration of US President Donald Trump of performing a "diplomatic cleanup operation" for Riyadh.

In the original passport scans obtained by NBC News, the photos of the seven men's faces can be seen along with their names, dates of birth and passport numbers.

"It's reasonable to give them a handful of days more to complete it, so they get it right", Pompeo told reporters as he prepared to return to Washington after meetings in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

"You know we need Saudi Arabia in terms of our fight against all of the terrorism, everything that's happening in Iran and other places", he added.

Mr. Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and his son, the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, on Tuesday. "Saudi Arabia, if you're listening, there are a lot of good people you can choose, but MBS has tainted your country and tainted himself".

Saudi Arabia has strongly denied killing Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom's policies.


A report by CNN quoted two sources as saying that the Saudi side is preparing a report to acknowledge that the interrogation of Khashoggi had been meant to abduct him from Turkey, but went wrong and lead to his death.

Mr Cavusoglu said his meeting with Mr Pompeo had been a "beneficial and fruitful" encounter.

Some substances Turkish police were looking for at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul seem to have vanished, Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday.

The Saudi report would likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held accountable, CNN reported. He was not interrogated, but beaten, drugged and killed by a team of Saudi officials, per the Wall Street Journal.

His killers were waiting when the journalist walked into the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

He also said 'there is a serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials'.

"I think we have to find out what happened first", Trump said.

Local media said investigators had found "certain evidence" that the journalist was murdered in the consulate building.

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