Haspel Briefs Trump on Khashoggi Case Findings After Turkey Trip - White House

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His departure comes after Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Mr Salah and Khashoggi's brother Sahel at the royal palace in Riyadh on Tuesday to offer their condolences.

TASI, the largest Arab bourse, is 8.4 percent higher on the year.

However, the worldwide community has rejected this Saudi explanation and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said there is strong evidence to suggest the attack was "premeditated".

The Crown Prince addressed the murder in public for the first time today, telling the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh that it was a "heinous crime that can not be justified".

Changing story again, Saudi Arabia says killing was planned
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Haspel traveled to Turkey this week to review intelligence about the Khashoggi incident and heard an audio recording there of his death, sources told Reuters. Saudi authorities have fired five officials linked to Khashoggi's death and arrested 18 others while the crown prince said Saudi officials would continue to investigate the killing with Turkey.

As the diplomatic backlash continues, members of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Thursday to adopt a resolution that urges EU countries to impose an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia.

While Saudi officials have said the crown prince, also known as MBS, had no knowledge of the plan to kill Khashoggi, this has left many unconvinced. Similar to other US -based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has made a decision to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event.


In a separate statement, SPA said the crown prince presided over the first meeting of a committee to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services.

Saudi Arabia had insisted for weeks that Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate, before changing their account to say he died in a brawl.

Khashoggi, a Saudi insider-turned-critic who worked as a Washington Post columnist, was last seen on 2 October, when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve paperwork for his planned marriage.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Thursday that while Turkey did not intend to initiate an investigation by an global court, it would share information if one was launched.


Turkish officials also told the Associated Press that investigators were looking for Khashoggi's remains in a nearby forest and in a city about two hours away from Istanbul.

"Even if US President Trump saves [Mohammed bin] Salman, in the eyes of the world, he is a questionable person with Khashoggi's blood on his hands", Cevik wrote.

The Saudi Arabia government initially denied Khashoggi's death had happened and declared him a missing person.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said on Wednesday: "It's not a death, it's a murder".


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday that those responsible for Khashoggi's killing will not "escape justice".

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