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Friday, Oct. 12, 2018|4:09 p.m.
WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump declared Friday the U.S. will reveal the truth about what happened to reporter and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, whose possible murder at Saudi hands after disappearing in Istanbul has actually caught worldwide attention. Trump promised to personally call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman quickly about “the dreadful scenario in Turkey.”
” We’re going to discover what occurred,” Trump pledged when questioned by reporters in Cincinnati where he was headlining a political rally.
Khashoggi, a strong critic of the Saudi government, went missing more than a week back after getting in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and Turkish authorities have actually said they believe he was killed there. U.S. authorities say they are seeking responses from the Saudi government and are not yet accepting the Turkish government’s conclusions.
The Saudis have called accusations that they are accountable for Khashoggi’s disappearance “baseless.” Extensively transmitted video shows the 59-year-old author and Washington Post contributor going into the consulate on Tuesday of recently, however there is none revealing him leaving.
Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are necessary U.S. allies in the area. Trump stated Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will examine whether to participate in a Saudi investor conference later on this month. Mnuchin had actually shown earlier Friday he still prepared to go to.
On Thursday, Trump had actually stated U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia were “exceptional” and he hesitated to scuttle extremely lucrative U.S. weapons handle Riyadh. A number of members of Congress have pushed the Trump administration to enforce sanctions on the country in response to the Khashoggi affair.
On the other hand, Khashoggi’s bride-to-be stated Friday in an interview with The Associated Press that he was not anxious when he went into the Saudi consulate to acquire paperwork required for their marriage.
” He said, ‘See you later on my beloved,’ and entered,” Hatice Cengiz told the AP
. Mentioning anonymous sources, the Post reported Friday that Turkey’s federal government has informed U.S. authorities it has audio and video proof that Khashoggi was eliminated and dismembered. The AP has not been able to confirm that report. In written reactions to questions by the AP, Cengiz said Turkish authorities had actually not informed her about any recordings and Khashoggi was officially “still missing.”
She said investigators were examining his cellular phones, which he had actually entrusted to her.
Saudi Arabia states Khashoggi left the consulate. He hasn’t been seen because, though his bride-to-be was waiting outdoors.
A delegation from Saudi Arabia got here in Turkey on Friday as part of an investigation into the author’s disappearance. In a declaration posted on Twitter, the Saudis invited the collaboration and said the kingdom was eager “to sustain the security and security of its citizenry, any place they might take place to be.”
Cengiz said she and the reporter would have been married this week and had prepared a life together divided in between Istanbul and the United States, where Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile considering that in 2015.
She had actually previously appealed for aid to Trump, who earlier this week said he would invite her to the White Home.
Cengiz didn’t respond to a concern about that, but earlier on Friday she advised Trump on Twitter to utilize his influence to find out what took place.
“What about Jamal Khashoggi?” she composed in response to a tweet by Trump in which he stated he said he had been “working extremely difficult” to free an American evangelical pastor who has been held for two years in Turkey. Andrew Brunson was released late Friday.
Amidst growing issue over Khashoggi’s fate, French President Emmanuel Macron said his nation would like to know “the whole fact” about the writer’s disappearance, calling the early details about the case “very distressing.”
Macron stated “I’m awaiting the truth and total clarity to be made” given that the matter is “extremely major.” He spoke Friday in Yerevan, Armenia, to French broadcasters RFI and France 24.
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, said Berlin was likewise “extremely concerned” about the author’s disappearance and called on Saudi Arabia to “get involved fully” in cleaning up reports that he had been eliminated.
Global magnate started reassessing their ties with Saudi Arabia, stiring pressure on the Gulf kingdom to explain what took place to Khashoggi.
Khashoggi, who was thought about near to the Saudi royal family, had actually become a critic of the existing federal government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old successor obvious who has presented reforms but has actually shown little tolerance for criticism.
As a contributor to The Washington Post, Khashoggi has written thoroughly about Saudi Arabia, including criticism of its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of females’s rights activists after the lifting of a ban on females driving.
Those policies are all viewed as efforts of the crown prince, who has likewise presided over a roundup of activists and business owners.
AP author Suzan Fraser reported from Ankara.