$450 Billion in Investments at Stake in Saudi Crisis, Trump Says

$450 Billion in Investments at Stake in Saudi Crisis, Trump Says

$450 Billion in Investments at Stake in Saudi Crisis, Trump Says

Amid the ongoing investigation, Saudi authorities also announced the detention of 18 suspects in the case. Reports in Turkish media this week gave gruesome details of what are said to be his final minutes.

Turkish officials believe he was tortured, murdered and his body dismembered by a Saudi hit squad, an allegation Saudi Arabia has strenuously denied.

Transparent investigation is needed and those responsible must be brought to justice.

Five Saudi officials have reportedly been fired in connection to Khashoggi's death.

Turkey will get to the bottom of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi, ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party spokesman Omer Celik said Saturday. Trump said he would work with Congress to develop a response to Khashoggi's death, but said that he didn't want sanctions to affect USA arms sales to the kingdom.

Hadid said an independent investigation ordered by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres would be necessary to avoid a "Saudi whitewash" of circumstances surrounding the killing or any attempts by other governments to "sweep the issue under the carpet to preserve lucrative arms deals and other business ties with Riyadh".

Mr Trump stressed the importance of Saudi Arabia as a counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East, and pushed back against the need for sanctions against the country in light of the new information, talking about the effect of such a move on the USA economy.

At a defense event on Friday evening, President Trump told reporters he found the Saudi statement credible and called the arrests "a big first step", Reuters reports.

"Preliminary investigations conducted by the Public Prosecution showed that the suspects had traveled to Istanbul to meet with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi as there were indications of the possibility of his returning back to the country", the statement read.

According to the Saudi statement, "discussions that took place between him and the persons who met him during his attendance in the Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul led to a quarrel and a brawl with the citizen/Jamal Khashoggi, resulted in his death". The statement also did not shed any light on what happened to Khashoggi's body after his death.

"The Kingdom and all involved in this brutal murder must be held accountable, and if the Trump Administration will not take the lead, Congress must", Schiff said.

Saud Qahtani, a powerful adviser to Prince Mohammed, also was sacked.

Arab countries have similarly not commented on the affair.

Born in the Saudi holy city of Madina on October 13, 1958, Khashoggi spent his youth studying Islamic ideology and embraced liberal ideas.

"If it is proven, and it looks very likely to be the case, that [Prince Mohammed] ordered the killing of the journalist, it is a step too far; one that the United Kingdom, the European Union and the USA are going to have to respond to".

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