Turkish and Saudi Leaders Discuss Khashoggi Disappearance

A member of security exits the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul Oct. 12 2018

Turkish officials say they fear a team of Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi, and they have released surveillance footage of the alleged perpetrators and mysterious movements outside the consulate on October 2, the day he entered.

"We encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi Government to provide a complete and detailed response".

The trilateral message had been conveyed "directly to the Saudi authorities", said the statement signed by Britain's foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany's Heiko Maas.

As the controversy intensified, the Washington Post reported Turkish officials had recordings made from inside the building that allegedly proved their claims Khashoggi was tortured and killed at the consulate.

Saudi Arabia has threatened to retaliate for any sanctions imposed against it. President Donald Trump says the oil-rich kingdom deserves "severe punishment" if it is responsible for the disappearance and suspected murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

It did not directly acknowledge Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and came shortly after the Saudi stock market plunged by almost 7% at on Sunday.

Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a United States resident, disappeared on 2 October after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Otherwise, the U.S. risks losing credibility when it comes to human rights, he told CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday.

A senior member of Saudi Arabia's ruling family, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, has met Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters without providing details of the talks.




American lawmakers in both parties have been more critical of Saudi Arabia, with several suggesting officials in the kingdom could be sanctioned if they were found to be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance and alleged killing. USA officials say they are seeking answers from the Saudi government and are not yet accepting the Turkish government's conclusions.

Saudi Arabia says it rejects any "threats" of sanctions or political pressure from America over the disappearance of a journalist.

USA lawmakers have also called for economic sanctions to be imposed on the regime, sending the Saudi stock market down as much as seven percent in early trade on Sunday.

"But, again, along with the president and the general investigation, Mr. Mnuchin will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces", Kudlow added.

He said any response to Khashoggi's killing "needs to be strong, not symbolic", including the possibility of cutting off USA weapons sales to Riyadh, or it would undermine the U.S.'s moral standing in the world.

Earlier this month, Trump suggested Saudi Arabia's king "might not be there for two weeks" without US military support.

On Saturday, President Trump said he would not consider canceling the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia regardless of what happened to Khashoggi.

"The Kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy and that the Kingdom's economy is affected only by the impact of the global economy", it said.

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