Saudi slams 'baseless lies' over Khashoggi's disappearance

Leroy Wright
October 14, 2018

The development came as President Trump last night said the U.S. would inflict "severe punishment" on Saudi Arabia if it was found to be behind Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and murder. The interview airs Sunday at 7:30 PM ET/PT on CBS.

According to Trump, the Saudis "deny it [the killing] in every way you can imagine".

"There are other things we can do that are very, very powerful, very strong and well do them", he added, without saying what those measures might be. Trump is facing growing coercion from the United States opposition parties, who are calling for strict actions against Riyadh.

Early on Saturday, the state-run Saudi Press Agency published a statement from Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud again denying the kingdom's involvement.

Turkish and foreign media who have camped outside the consulate all week noticed the motorcade arriving on Friday but it had not been immediately clear who were the Saudi personnel entering the consulate were.

The gadget transmitted the audio to his iPhone which was in the hands of his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, 36, who is said to have listened in horror as she waited outside.

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 regarding documents for his planned marriage, but Turkish officials and his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.

Turkey has called on Saudi officials to provide evidence that Khashoggi left the consulate.

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President Donald Trump declared Friday the USA will uncover the truth about what happened to journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi, whose possible murder at Saudi hands after disappearing in Istanbul has captured worldwide attention.

Turkey said on Thursday it had accepted a proposal from Saudi Arabia to cooperate on the investigation.

Mr Trump said: "They are ordering military equipment".

In it, Trump also said that his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is close with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, spoke to the royal about the disappearance of Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a tough critic of the Saudi government, vanished on October 2 after visiting its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul. The President said that Cengiz wrote "a attractive letter" to him and first lady Melania Trump and that they would welcome her.

Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticism of its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. There are other ways of punishing'.

President Donald Trump has said that he will go ahead with the $110 billion arms deal his administration negotiated with the Arab nation.

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