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Pence: Khashoggi's Death 'Will Not Go Without An American Response'

24 October 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he's not satisfied with the explanations he's heard from Saudi Arabia about the death of the Washington Post columnist and critic of the kingdom.

Saudi officials said Friday, more than two weeks after Khashoggi's disappearance, that the journalist died in a fight at the consulate.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who also withdrew from the event, said the firm was awaiting the full facts on Khashoggi's case before deciding whether that would affect Saudi involvement in the ride-hailing service. Any major decision must be signed off by the highest powers within its ruling Al Saud family.

Three weeks after Khashoggi disappeared, the United States and European security agencies still have an incomplete picture of what happened at the consulate.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that he would reveal details of the investigation Tuesday, even as Saudi officials sought to head off growing criticism of the murder.

It's previously been reported that a 15-member team traveled from Saudi Arabia to Turkey just before Khashoggi disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel is in Turkey to review the case, according to a USA official who was not authorized to discuss the trip and spoke only on condition of anonymity. That may force the Saudis offer more admissions about the slaying, they say.

The official said Kushner - like other members of the administration, including Trump - believes Saudi Arabia should suffer some sort of effect, but said Kushner also believes the U.S. -Saudi relationship "shouldn't be blown up" because of the Khashoggi matter. "And we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder", he said, denying any link to the crown prince. "If MBS goes, who will replace him?" said Yuri Barmin, a specialist on the region at the Russian International Affairs Council, a research group set up by the Kremlin.

Turkish official: Police found evidence of Khashoggi slaying
France, Germany and Britain on Sunday expressed concerns over the case, calling for "a credible investigation" into the incident. Asked if that would include members of the royal family, he said: "They made no exceptions on who they would hold accountable".

Theresa May's spokesman said reports of Mr Khashoggi's body parts being found were "deeply disturbing".

"My demand is that 18 people be tried in Istanbul", he said, adding that "all those who played a role in the murder" had to face punishment.

"I want to tell all our foreign guests that the awful acts reported in recent weeks are alien to our culture; I'm sure that we will emerge stronger".

"A severe smear campaign has been initiated in Saudi Arabia against myself", she told Turkish daily newspaper Sabah on October 11, more than a week after her fiance disappeared. We have top intelligence people in Turkey.

"Those partners who are here with us today, to continue their journey with us are certainly going to look back and find out how the lessons have been learned from the incident, but at the same time how committed the Kingdom is to its partners who stay the course". "I'll know a lot tomorrow".

In the past weeks, Turkish media and officials speaking to global media have claimed that audio recordings prove Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated although no concrete evidence of their existence have emerged.

One European security source said the information Turkey had shared verbally was "very detailed and they sound confident".

Pence: Khashoggi's Death 'Will Not Go Without An American Response'