consulate in Istanbul, Turkey last week. CNN first reported that the Saudis were planning to admit Khashoggi died in the consulate.

On Monday afternoon, CNN drew a similar picture of the Saudis' impending response, reporting that Riyadh would "acknowledge Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was meant to lead to his abduction from Turkey".

The Washington Times said Trump, just hours earlier, had reported talking with the Saudi king, who, he said, denied his government's involvement.

A Saudi official, not authorised to speak publicly, said the king had ordered an internal investigation based on information from the joint team in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabian students are deciding to stay pat studying overseas instead of returning home as businesses flee deals with the Kingdom over the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, an official from the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia tells Sputnik.


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday to discuss the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the king and crown prince, after President Donald Trump speculated "rogue killers" may be responsible.

Britain, France and Germany have urged Saudi authorities to investigate the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In statements after the call, both praised the creation of a joint Saudi-Turkish probe. "And if that is the case, I do not believe the United States should continue to be party to supporting the Saudis in the bloodshed in Yemen - a halt that is long overdue given the humanitarian disaster resulting from that conflict", Durbin said.

"The Republic of Yemen expressed its deep appreciation for the high prestige enjoyed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which makes it the cornerstone of the security and stability of the Arab and Islamic worlds, as well as stability of the region", read the statement, attributed to Yemen's state news agency Saba.

Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed - a claim Saudi Arabia has denied - with the controversy dealing a huge blow to the kingdom's image and efforts by its crown prince to showcase a reform drive.

In Istanbul, meanwhile, investigators entered the consulate for their own investigation.


Prince Mohammed has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment.

Such an extraordinary search of a diplomatic post - considered foreign soil under worldwide law - perhaps represents new cooperation between Turkey and its fellow Sunni Muslim nation, Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, the Saudi government permitted Turkish officials to inspect the consulate nearly two weeks after Khashoggi first went missing.

Saudi Arabia said the men were tourists.

Saudi Arabia has warned that it would retaliate against any punishment with even greater measures.


The Stephen Harper government brokered a massive combat-vehicle sale to Saudi Arabia before the Trudeau government took power in 2015.

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