Protest staged in Istanbul for missing Saudi journalist
Protest staged in Istanbul for missing Saudi journalist
Saudi source denies journalist Khashoggi was killed at consulate in Istanbul
09 October, 2018, 07:31
"Right now, nobody knows anything about it. I do not like it".
Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia a year ago, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent. But if proven, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi would be the most serious diplomatic crisis between the two in living memory. Riyadh denies that and claims he left the compound on his own. At the United Nations last month, Trump said OPEC was "ripping off the rest of the world" with crude prices, now about $85 a barrel.
The organization wrote that Saudi Arabia "channels funds to media organizations all over the world" including the United Kingdom - and that the funding usually takes the form of outright donations or the buying up of thousands of subscriptions, as was the case when a struggling Lebanese TV network adopted a pro-Saudi editorial policy after taking a $2 million bailout from Riyadh.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Riyadh must provide "honest answers" about the journalist.
A top Senate ally of Trump warned of a "devastating" impact on the USA alliance with Saudi Arabia if allegations are confirmed.
Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned in a tweet against governments attacking journalists outside their countries. "The result is there is pressure domestically to look into this matter", said Schneider.
On Saturday, Trump said at a rally in West Virginia that although the Saudis "have got trillions of dollars", "we don't get what we should be getting" from them. Turkish investigators are analyzing footage from security cameras outside the consulate as well as airport entries and exits, he added.
Khashoggi, 59, went missing while on a visit to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman previously toldBloomberg that Riyadh was "ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises", which is Saudi sovereign territory. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", a Turkish official told Reuters.
The Washington Post also pressured the administration to investigate.
Media reportssay two airplanes carrying 15 Saudi nationals arrived in Istanbul around the same time of Khashoggi's disappearance, fueling rumors that they were sent to dispose of the body. "He is a journalist but he was also from the Saudi establishment before the present Crown Prince came".
Saudi Arabia authorities said they have nothing to do with the journalist's disappearance.
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Ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, we've bought everything with money, he further said, adding that since Trump came to power, the kingdom chose to purchase over 60 percent of its needed armament from the U.S. for the next 10 years.
"There is concrete information; it will not remain an unsolved case", Aktay said Sunday in an interview with the Turkish CNN network, The New York Times reported.
Fears have been growing over the fate of the missing Saudi dissident journalist who writes opinion columns for the WashingtonPost.
So the prospects of this changing anything, I think, are unlikely.
Vice President Mike Pence said, "Violence against journalists across the globe is a threat to freedom of the press & human rights". It says there were seven imprisoned last year, and nine this year. "Saudi Arabia wasn't always this repressive".
He was told that Turkey expected "full cooperation" on the issue.
Ankara would likely wait and see what Washington's reaction to the disappearance would be, before initiating any action against Saudi Arabia, Unluhisarcikli added.
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner maintains close personal ties with the crown prince.
"There is no country that kills opponents of its policy inside an official building in a foreign country", he said.
CNN reported Sunday that the USA government is quietly working Khashoggi's case across several agencies and at senior levels of the administration.
He entered the consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.
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