President Trump said Monday that the Saudi king strongly denied his government's involvement in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying the king suggested it could have been "rogue killers".
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, October 17, 2018.
The US resident and critic of the Saudi government was last seen entering the consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Leaked surveillance video show diplomatic cars traveled to the consul general's home shortly after Khashoggi went into the consulate.
"Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened "to our Saudi Arabian citizen", Trump tweeted.
The consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, left Turkey on a commercial flight bound for Saudi Arabia earlier in the day.
A section on the glitzy event website with pictures of the speakers has now been taken down.
NBC News reported Monday that Saudi Arabia was discussing a plan to admit Khashoggi was killed in the consulate but claim that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and top Saudi leadership weren't aware or involved.
A Saudi contribution of $100 million to USA -backed stabilization efforts in Syria arrived in American accounts Tuesday, just as State Mike Pompeo touched down in Riyadh to discuss the missing Saudi journalist, an anonymous US official told The New York Times.
TRT World's Jon Brain reports.
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"This guy has got to go", said Sen Lindsey Graham of SC, turning to speak to the camera.
A third suspect was said to be Thaar Ghaleb al-Harbi, who was promoted past year to lieutenant in the Saudi royal guard for his bravery in the defense of Mohammed's palace in Jeddah. I think he's on a bad track.
But he has also made clear he is reluctant to curb all-important arms sales to Saudi Arabia. But he also mused aloud that "rogue" elements carried out the operation and has ruled out cutting sales of United States weapons, of which Saudi Arabia is the largest foreign buyer. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, speaking on Fox television.
But Turkish authorities are still waiting to be given access, and Saudi Arabia is not cooperating, two Turkish officials said Sunday. This guy's got to go.
"You pick puppets to rule over (their) lands. and back terrorist Wahhabis", he said, referring to the fundamentalist Saudi interpretation of Islam.
It stated that one of the suspects was a "frequent companion" of Salman who was alongside the crown prince during visits to Paris, Madrid, Houston, Boston, and the United Nations, publishing photos showing the suspect in Salman's entourage.
"They made no exceptions to who they would hold accountable".
Abdulaziz Mohammed al-Hawsawi, said to work on Salman's security team and for the Saudi royal family, was identified as a second suspect.
He vanished after entering the consulate for official documents for his wedding to his Turkish fiancée.
Erdogan further said there is a possibility that parts of the Saudi Consulate had been repainted.
Turkish investigators were expected to carry out a search of the Saudi Consul General's residence in Istanbul later on Tuesday.