More executives pull out from Saudi Arabia conference over missing Saudi journalist

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Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, went missing in Turkey on October 2.

Last week, Trump said during an interview that he will impose severe punishment if Saudi Arabia is confirmed to be behind Khashoggi's alleged death.

"We are strong and old allies", the prince said after greeting Pompeo, according to a pool report from journalists traveling with the secretary of state.

One CNN source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, while another said it will likely conclude the operation took place without clearance, and that those involved will be held responsible. "He didn't really know, maybe, I don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers, who knows?".

Trump visited the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president and has touted US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. He added that he was sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with the Saudi king.

The tone differed markedly from the statement released by members of the family on October 7, in which they accused the media of politicizing his disappearance and affirmed their trust in the Saudi government to resolve the case.

Saudi Arabia has strongly denied killing Khashoggi and has denounced such assertions as "lies", saying he left the building shortly after entering. "The king firmly denies any knowledge of it".

Turkish authorities said they have evidence proving that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, while Riyadh officials have claimed the journalist was alive when he left the building and they don't know what happened to him.




Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

" In it, author S.V. Date quotes Courtney Radsch of the Committee to Protect Journalists and former Central Intelligence Agency analyst Ned Price to claim Trump's rhetoric likely led to Khashoggi's disappearance".

Trump's comments came after a telephone conversation with King Salman, father of the crown prince, the first such talks since the crisis erupted.

The statement did not elaborate but a column published in English a short time later by the general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya satellite news network suggested Saudi Arabia could use its oil production as a weapon. The company negotiated the deal in January, as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman embarked on an ambitious plan to invest in Hollywood and develop a domestic entertainment economy.

It comes as Saudi Arabia has denied involvement in his disappearance.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer", Mr Trump wrote.

Crown Prince Mohammad - second in command to King Salman - wants to make his mark in the world of football and views Glazer-owned Manchester United as the flawless acquisition, The Sun reported today, citing 'well-placed sources'.

Saudi Arabia agreed last week to allow Turkish officials to conduct a search but insisted it would only be a superficial "visual" inspection.

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