Khashoggi killing was premeditated: Joint Saudi-Turkey team

Khashoggi killing was premeditated: Joint Saudi-Turkey team

He added: "The U.S. will remain a key part of the Saudi economy because the interests that tie us are bigger than what is being weakened by the failed boycotting campaign of the conference".

Saudi Arabia initially claimed Khashoggi left freely after visiting the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to complete paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

The shifting explanations indicate Saudi Arabia is scrambling for a way out of the crisis that has enveloped the world's largest oil exporter and a major US ally in the Middle East.

Crown Jewel was under fire after the October 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the country's government.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview this week that he didn't think Saudi King Salman knew about the killing in advance.

"All of these elements indicate that the disappearance and now killing of Jamal Khashoggi bear the hallmark of an extrajudicial execution". Turkey's actions are making some wonder whether Prince Mohammed was involved in the killing, even though he publicly denounced it at an worldwide meeting on Wednesday. Western countries have demanded a thorough and transparent investigation.

Richard Branson temporarily suspended his partnership with Saudi Arabia in a potential space tourism venture via Virgin Galactic that included a promised $1 billion investment from the Saudi government.

Economists say Saudi Arabia will need trillions of dollars in investments to create millions of new jobs for young Saudis entering the workforce in coming years.




The two countries, while both allies of the USA, have taken opposing positions on crucial Middle East flash points.

Meanwhile, two sources told Reuters that Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of Khashoggi's killing during her visit to Turkey this week. The top government lawyer in Saudi Arabia, Saud al-Mojeb, said in a statement that the team used information from Turkish officials to conclude that the killing had been planned.

Saudi Arabia's pro-government Okaz newspaper said Salah - a dual US-Saudi citizen - departed the kingdom on Wednesday, without offering any details.

However, Trump also said that he wanted to believe that rogue operatives were behind the Khashoggi killing. It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups.

Mr Erdogan says that when diplomats in the consulate learnt Khashoggi would be coming in for a document, one flew back to Riyadh, where "a road map started to be established".

"We're not going to talk a lot about (Saudi Arabia)", McMahon said.

United States senators have urged WWE to rethink its relationship with the Saudis. We are providing bombs the Saudi-led coalition is using, we are refueling their planes before they drop those bombs, and we are assisting with intelligence.

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