United States to Revoke Visas of Saudis Implicated in Khashoggi's Death

United States to Revoke Visas of Saudis Implicated in Khashoggi's Death

United States to Revoke Visas of Saudis Implicated in Khashoggi's Death

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Saudi officials had planned murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi days before his death and called on Saudi Arabia government to allow trial of suspects in Istanbul. "I think it's a very important ally for us".

The 72-year-old also told reporters at the White House today that somebody "really messed up" and whoever was behind the idea should be "in big trouble".

Erdogan, who was speaking to members of his AK Party in parliament, also said he told Saudi King Salman that the Saudi consul in Istanbul was incompetent, and that he was relieved of his duty and returned to his country. Saudi officials initially claimed he'd left the consulate the day he entered, but two weeks later, they claimed Khashoggi had been killed after a meeting there turned into a fight.

Business leaders have been cancelling their scheduled trips to Riyadh amid the ongoing investigation into the death of Khashoggi, a United States resident and prominent critic of the Saudi government.

But he again declined to lay blame at the feet of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or his father, King Salman, saying he'd spoken to both of them and they denied any involvement.

Responding to a question on the probe into the death of Khashoggi, the USA president said, "And where it should have stopped is at the deal standpoint, what they thought about it".

"We continue to view as achievable the twin imperative of protecting America and holding accountable those responsible for the killing of Mr. Khashoggi", Pompeo said.

Responding to Erdogan's comments, Trump said the Turkish leader was "pretty rough" on the Saudis and that he wants to get all facts on Khashoggi's killing before agreeing with that assessment.

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Turkey's president says Saudi officials plotted for days to kill reporter Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's diplomatic offices in Istanbul.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the United States had "identified at least some" of the Saudi officials involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and was revoking their visas. "This brutal murder of a journalist, of an innocent man, of a dissident, will not go without an American response and, I expect, without an global response", US Vice President Mike Pence said at an event hosted by The Washington Post.

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Khashoggi was last seen alive entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

Mr Trump said the Khashoggi matter was handled badly by Saudi officials. They do not know how he died and where his body was taken.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman of OH said Tuesday that if the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is implicated in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, he should be removed from his country's line of succession.

Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the G20 opening ceremony on September 4, 2016, in Hangzhou, China.

"The first thing they did is to remove the hard disk in the camera system of the consulate", Erdogan said.

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