Turkey says Saudi Arabia not cooperating in probe of missing journalist Khashoggi

Rand Strip Saudi Funding Until We Find Out What Happened to Khashoggi

Rand Strip Saudi Funding Until We Find Out What Happened to Khashoggi

The US president argued no one knew what had happened to Khashoggi, and that the US was looking into this very seriously.

In the first Saudi ministerial reaction to Turkish accusations that Khashoggi was killed, Interior Minister Prince Abdel Aziz bin Saud bin Nayef condemned "what has been reported in certain media concerning false accusations against Saudi Arabia... in the case of the disappearance of citizen Khashoggi". "It felt very insensitive and it's something that we shouldn't really be getting involved with, so we thought we're going to stay away from that".

While Mr Trump said he would punish Saudi Arabia, he said he would not cancel arms sales to the kingdom in response, as a bipartisan group of United States senators have demanded.

On Thursday, Trump had said US relations with Saudi Arabia were "excellent" and he was reluctant to scuttle highly lucrative USA weapons deals with Riyadh.

With a Washington Post columnist's suspected murdered at the hands of Saudi Arabia, you would expect tough talk from the White House, sanctions, and a series of other gestures aimed at tampering down the tactic of assassinating unkind critics.

"We are making sure Canadians' expectations and laws are always being followed", he said. Saudi officials say he left shortly afterwards but Turkish officials and his fiancée, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.

Khashoggi, who wrote for The Washington Post, is feared being killed by Saudi officials inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where he was last seen entering.

CNN recently reported that Turkish officials say they have audio and video that proves Khashoggi was murdered.

The Virgin boss said that if reports of the fate of Khashoggi were true it would "clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi Government".

Mr Trump has forged closer ties with Saudi Arabia and is under global and domestic pressure to help determine what happened to Mr Khashoggi and punish Saudi Arabia if investigations show its government had him killed.

Several companies including Bloomberg have pulled out of the event as media partners.

However, he told CBS: "We're going to get to the bottom of it".

Prince Aziz said that Saudi Arabia "valued the cooperation with the brothers in Turkey through the joint investigation team and other official channels", and stressed the important role of the media in reporting facts and not influencing investigations and judicial proceedings.

Saudi strongly insists that Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor whose writings have been critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left the building safely but has yet to offer visual evidence of this.

Also speaking on Friday's release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, Cavusoglu said he was released as the judicial process on Brunson was completed.

'He said, "See you later my darling", and went in, ' she told the Associated Press.

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund invested $3.5 billion in Uber two years ago. "I don't think, if this is proven, British cabinet ministers should be going", he said.

The US, where Khashoggi lived and worked in recent years, is also keen on solving his disappearance.