French finance minister cancels trip to Saudi conference

Irving Hamilton
October 18, 2018

Turkish officials have reportedly informed their American counterparts that they had audio and video recordings pointing to Khashoggi's death inside the consulate, according to The Washington Post, to which Kahshoggi was a contributor.

Hurriyet Daily News has also claimed that Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consul Mohammad al-Otaibi could be "the next execution" as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman "would do anything to get rid of evidence".

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde will not attend an investment conference in Riyadh, as global concern over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist grows. Turkish authorities suspect he was abducted and murdered by the Saudis.

TRT World's Joseph Hayat has the details.

Earlier in the day, a Saudi delegation had also arrived at the building to take part in what is presented as a joint search with their Turkish counterparts.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that "we have a long - since 1932 - a long strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

After the disappearance of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, his last column was published, urging Arab media to unite to let the voices of Middle East writers and reporters to be heard. "He unfortunately is now serving an unwarranted five-year prison sentence for supposed comments contrary to the Saudi establishment", Khashoggi wrote. But, she wrote, "Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen". Otaibi left Turkey on Tuesday afternoon, Turkish state media reported.

Citing the $110 billion U.S. -Saudi arms deal, of which only $14.5 billion is finalized, he said, "It'll be a lot of money coming to our coffers, and it's not something that you want to blow up willy-nilly".

"We have asked for it".

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"I am not sure yet that it exists", Mr. Trump told reporters, adding that it, "probably does, possibly does". "I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together". "They didn't want to either, in that they want to have the opportunity to complete this investigation in a thorough way".

"If a country engages in activity that is unlawful it's unacceptable", Pompeo said.

One of the suspects identified by Turkey is a close associate of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"We can't put a long-term commitment to a market into question in response to an isolated incident", Chief Financial Officer Luka Mucic told Reuters. Erdogan said toxic material was found which had been "painted over".

Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint team to investigate the disappearance.

No major decisions are made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom's ruling Saud family.

"This is the last piece of his I will edit for The [Washington] Post".

USA media and officials have called on Ankara to release the evidence, but the Turkish investigators have not done so yet. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

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