Pompeo sees 'serious commitment' from Saudis on missing journalist

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed Tuesday in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman about Khashoggi's disappearance.

Trump's previous warnings over the case drew an angry response on Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon. Late in the day, there were published reports that the Saudis were preparing to concede that Khashoggi, a US -based Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, had been killed in an interrogation gone wrong.

The dissident journalist was killed minutes after he arrived at the building to pick up marriage paperwork on 2 October, according to USA and Turkish press reports of what the officials say are audio recordings that prove he was beaten and drugged, then brutally killed and dismembered. Turkish authorities were the first to claim that he was lured into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey; killed; and then dismembered with a bone saw before his body was smuggled out in bags.

"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 Saudi regime's explanation of what took place in its Turkish consulate two weeks ago has changed dramatically over the past week as new evidence has continued to emerge and as the global community has pressed for a credible investigation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made "rounded" statements against Saudi Arabia rather than directly pointing the finger at Mohammed or his father, King Salman, Cagaptay said.

"My assessment from these meetings is that there is a serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials", Pompeo said in a statement.

The disappearance and suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has embarrassed Mohammed and strained relations with Washington.

The High Commissioner noted that Saudi Arabia and Turkey were both party to the "UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment". President Trump is also correct when he says thousands of USA jobs would be lost, with China and Russian Federation to be among those lining up to replace them. But he has said repeatedly that he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia - as some in Congress have said he should - because it would harm the US economically.

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Executives from companies such as Ford, Uber and JPMorgan Chase also have also pulled out of Saudi Arabia's premier Future Investment Initiative Conference.

"He's the 33-year-old prince who jumped over people".

But CNN cited two sources as saying the Saudis are preparing a report that his death resulted from a botched interrogation, while the Wall Street Journal said the kingdom was weighing whether to say that rogue operatives killed Khashoggi by mistake.

The crown prince "told me that he has already started, and will rapidly expand, a full and complete investigation into this matter".

Saudi officials have not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press in recent days.

Asked if he had reviewed the purported recording of Khashoggi's killing, Trump told reporters on Saturday: "I have not".

Saudi Arabia is one of the closest United States partners in a bid to undermine Iran and also a massive client of the United States weapons industry.

"This guy has got to go", said Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, speaking on Fox television.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his counterparts from France and Germany, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, said they have "grave concerns" about the situation.