No German arms to Saudi until Khashoggi case is clarified: Merkel

28 October, 2018, 09:02 | Author: Bert Pena
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Turkish prosecutors have prepared an extradition request for 18 suspects from Saudi Arabia in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, authorities said Friday, after President Tayyip Erdogan urged Riyadh to disclose who ordered the murder.

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Shiekh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa told the conference the Gulf bloc would remain a "pillar" of regional security and that a proposed security alliance grouping the United States, Gulf states, Jordan and Egypt would be activated next year.

Khashoggi, 59, who had lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017, was not seen again after entering the consulate to obtain paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz.

One asked how Saudi Arabia plans to convince its allies that an operation as complex as Khashoggi's killing could have taken place without the knowledge of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Cengiz said that he was treated "well" when he first visited the embassy on 28 September, which reinforces the Turkish version of events which claim Khashoggi's killers lured him to the consulate.

Foreign Minister Jubeir, speaking at the same conference, said Riyadh's relations with Washington were "ironclad" amid what he called "hysteria in the media" over Khashoggi's killing.

Mr Erdogan added that the Saudi officials who killed the journalist in their Istanbul consulate must reveal the location of his body as he sharply criticised the kingdom's handling of the case. If you are determined to lift suspicion, then the key point of our co-operation is these 18 people'.

Macron also said that if Saudi Arabia is to be sanctioned, "we must do so across the board".

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"I found myself in a darkness I can not express", Cengiz said.

"We are pleased that he is now able to do so", Palladino said.

After Cengiz wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, pleading with President Trump and his wife Melania for help, Trump told reporters on October 10 that Cengiz would "be most likely coming to the White House" "fairly quickly".

Investigators believe his body was sliced up and the head, torso and legs thrown into the well after Saudi Arabian intelligence officers, who are thought to be behind the killing, panicked and quickly disposed of his remains in suitcases that were thrown into the well.

On Thursday, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed President Trump on the latest developments in the investigation after a fact-finding mission to Turkey.

Last week, Mr Trump toughened his stance on Saudi Arabia and described the killing and subsequent changing narratives from Riyadh as part of "the worst cover-up in the history of cover-ups".

Al-Jubeir said that critics should wait for Saudi Arabia to finish their investigation before blaming anybody.

Five Saudi officials, including two who worked directly under the crown prince, have been relieved of their posts. On Tuesday, Pompeo announced that 21 Saudi "suspects" would have their USA visas revoked or be deemed ineligible for a US visa for their role in the murder.

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