Jamal Khashoggi: Pressure grows on Saudis as US envoy meets king

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Jamal Khashoggi: Pressure grows on Saudis as US envoy meets king

Pressure is growing on Saudi Arabia to explain the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met King Salman in Riyadh

Mr Khashoggi was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago

Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi agents but the Saudis have denied this

However, US media are reporting that the Saudis may be preparing to admit that Mr Khashoggi died as a result of an interrogation that went wrong

Overnight, Turkish police completed a search of the consulate after being admitted by Saudi authorities

?What’s likely to come from the Pompeo meeting

The secretary of state and the king have now met in Riyadh. There is no official word yet on the meeting, but Mr Pompeo would have been looking for the king to expand on his conversation with President Donald Trump on Monday

Tweeting about the call, Mr Trump said: « Just spoke to the king of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen

He later told reporters: The denial was very, very strong. It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows

CNN said the Saudis may argue the operation was conducted without clearance and those responsible would be held accountable

The Khashoggi family in Saudi Arabia issued a statement calling for an independent and impartial international commission

Reports suggest an assault and struggle took place in the consulate after Mr Khashoggi went to get paperwork for his forthcoming marriage

Turkish sources allege he was killed by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents but Riyadh insists that he left the consulate unharmed

Mr Khashoggi was once an adviser to the Saudi royal family but fell out of favour with the Saudi government and went into self-imposed exile. He is a US resident

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