Turkish police search Saudi consulate again in Khashoggi case

Turkish officials say they fear that Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who had been in living self-imposed exile in the United States, was killed and dismembered after he entered the consulate.

Khashoggi, 60, is feared to have been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. 3, 2018, it was concerned for the safety of Khashoggi, a columnist for the newspaper, after he apparently went missing after going to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"I think it's important for us all to remember too, we have a long, since 1932, a long strategic relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia", Pompeo continued.

The Chicago-based author and radio host suggests that following the worldwide coverage of the incident, which harrowing details are coming out, Riyadh has been trying to whitewash and manage the blowback. "We will probably know that by the end of the week", Trump said. Saudi Arabia has "a healthy spare capacity to serve as a buffer against any emergency", he added. "I'm not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does", Trump said.

By casting doubt on whether the United States will respond at all, Pompeo reflected the internal struggle among Trump and his national security advisers on what to do should the Saudi leadership be blamed for what happened to Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get paperwork for a marriage to a Turkish fiancée.

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While Turkish police believe he was killed by a special team of 15 Saudi officials, Riyadh has dismissed such claims as baseless.

Asked what effect Saudi leaders would face if they are found to be responsible, he replied: "It will have to be very severe". If Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman restricted Saudi exports, his nation would suffer a blow to its recent reputation as a stabilizing force in global energy markets. Pompeo met with the president at the White House on Thursday morning to brief him on his visit to Turkey and Saudi Arabia, where he met with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.

The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Stef Blok, said he was pulling out because "the disappearance of Khashoggi is a very serious matter".

One theory that investigators in Turkey are pursuing is that Khashoggi's remains were destroyed in a "very fast-acting chemical acid", Sky News reported on Thursday.

"I still want to wish and hope that he is alive and so on", Kislakci said.

The Trump administration has come under scrutiny for its response to the Khashoggi case.

  • Sonia Alvarado