Kuwait Says It Rejects "Campaign Against Saudi Arabia"

Posted October 16, 2018

CNN reports that the Saudi government is preparing to say Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong.

The America-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared in early October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"Per two sources who spoke to CNN, however, the Saudis are preparing a report admitting that they meant to abduct and bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but that he was inadvertently killed in the process". CNN described one source as saying the report is likely to claim that the interrogation was conducted without clearance or transparency.

"I actually think we'd be punishing ourselves if we did that", Mr Trump told reporters at the White House.

Saudi Interior Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, "stressed that what has been circulating in terms of supposed orders to kill Jamal are outright lies and baseless allegations against the Kingdom's Government, which is committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with worldwide laws and conventions".

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Pompeo landed in Riyadh on Tuesday morning and was to immediately meet the king over the crisis surrounding Khashoggi. He said that Saudi Arabia had made investments in hotels, manufacturing and real estate in the USA and that cutting these would "hurt the USA economy significantly".

"I sounded to me like maybe there could have been rogue killers". "It would not be acceptable to me", Trump said. He entered the consulate alone and never came out. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate.

It was unclear what specific measures, if any, Mr Trump is considering against Saudi Arabia, which is the world's largest oil exporter, and one of his top allies.

Mr Pompeo's visit comes as Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

This news has coincided with a massive WWE event that is set to take place on 2 November in Saudi Arabia. "The Saudi government-controlled media is stressing that the disappearance of Khashoggi is a conspiracy manufactured by Qatar", Meyer explains.

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"Trump accepting Saudi Arabia's Khashoggi story without a thorough, independent investigation only enables authoritarian behaviour", said Senator Ed Markey.

"I think one of the strong things that we can do is not only stop military sales, not only put sanctions on Saudi Arabia, but most importantly, get out of this bad, awful war in Yemen led by the Saudis", Sen.

The Saudi government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the journalist's disappearance and in a statement Sunday warned that "if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action".

Prince Mohammed has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment.

Saudi Arabia's riyal currency retreated overnight to 3.7525 to the dollar - its weakest in two years.

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