Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Mattis warns Khashoggi murder "must concern us all greatly"

Khashoggi’s murder undermines Mideast stability Mattis Saudi Arabia Now Says Khashoggi Killing Was Premeditated
| 28 October, 2018, 10:41

"We need to clarify the background of this terrible crime and until that, we will not supply weapons to Saudi Arabia", she added, reiterating comments made earlier this week.

With barrels nearing the $100 mark less than two weeks before the midterm elections, Trump needs Saudi Arabia to increase its exports.

The kingdom's public prosecutor on Thursday admitted the murder was premeditated.

Turkish officials who were fast to begin conducting investigations into the matter, believe Khashoggi was killed by a group of Saudi agents while in the consulate.

"The case of journalist Khashoggi is, of course, something incredible, I told the Saudi king yesterday in our telephone conversation", Merkel said at a press conference with Czech prime minister Andrej Babis.

The United States "does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence", Mr Mattis told a meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama.

President Tayyip Erdogan added that Turkey had more information about the case than it had shared so far.

Saudi Arabia will prosecute the suspects in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Riyadh's foreign minister said in response to a call by Turkey for their extradition. "The 1970s oil embargo ... and 9/11 was a shock to the relationship but we always go back, roll up our sleeves, works at it and make sure the relationship comes out stronger than before", he said.

Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, a former Glasgow University student, is one of 15 people linked to the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Crown Prince Mohammed struggled to comprehend why people were so angry, and called Jared Kushner to ask for an explanation.

Speaking at the security forum, the Saudi foreign minister opened by painting a bleak modern history of the region pointing to conflicts and war in the past five decades that led to the rise of terror groups and civil conflict. That came after assertions that he had left the consulate unharmed.

Yesterday, Dogu Perincek, leader of Turkey's Rodina party, claimed in an interview that Mr Khashoggi's body parts had been discovered during forensic searches.

As conflicting reports stack up, some leaders have been slow to condemn the country or call for sanctions - and many observers believe this is due to their financial reliance on Saudi gold.

Saudi Arabia has announced the dismissals of six officials who worked directly under bin Salman. "He has put Iran on notice that business as usual can not continue and posed sanctions against Iran", added Al Jubeir.

"It is not that we don't have any other information or documents".

He said he doesn't know the details of the investigation and called the media's coverage of the events "hysterical".

In his remarks, Mattis went through a long list of what he described as disruptive Iranian behavior - a message most Gulf allies will view positively since they share similar concerns about Iran's increasing influence in Syria and Iraq.

"We're going to get to the bottom of it".

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