Jamal Khashoggi a contributor to The Washington Post vanished around two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

But US media reported on Monday that the kingdom is considering an admission that Khashoggi died after an interrogation that went wrong during an intended abduction.

A Turkish foreign ministry source said the police would search the consulate again on Tuesday as well as the consul's residence, which Turkish television has previously reported could be linked to Khashoggi's disappearance. "But right now Iran's oil has reached more than $80 [per barrel], and with half the previous exports we will have the same income as before", he said.

Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh on Monday to meet with the Saudi king.

Mr Khashoggi, who was a critic of the Saudi regime, hasn't been seen since he went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul almost two weeks ago.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer".

Saudi officials have repeatedly denied any knowledge of the journalist's whereabouts, but Turkish officials claim they have evidence to prove the Saudi dissident was killed while inside the consulate.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman right meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh on 16 October
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman right meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh on 16 October

Saudi Arabia agreed last week to allow Turkish officials to conduct a search but insisted it would only be a superficial "visual" inspection.

TRT World's Francis Collings has more from outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The forum will be held on October 23-25 and hosted by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. They provided no further details.

Khashoggi wrote for The Washington Post opinion pages.

The entourage around the prince invested heavily in burnishing MBS's credentials with the Trump White House as it took office and in driving the agenda on Persian Gulf affairs, including the war in Yemen and the blockade of Qatar, both associated closely with MBS and Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, his crown princely counterpart in Abu Dhabi.

"Been hearing the ridiculous "rogue killers" theory was where the Saudis would go with this", Sen.


The US president gave no evidence to support the theory.

He will later visit Turkey, where Mr Khashoggi was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

Pompeo was in the air when a Turkish police forensics team wrapped up its hours-long search of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul early Tuesday morning.

Within five days of Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance, Turkish security officials claimed anonymously that they had obtained evidence that the journalist was killed inside the consulate. Turkish officials have said authorities believe he was murdered there and his body removed. However, after a telephone conversation with King Salman, US President noted that "rogue killers" could be behind the Washington Post journalist's disappearance and suspected murder.

Trump calls Khashoggi's disappearance a "terrible situation". European allies have urged "a credible investigation" and accountability for those responsible.

The global community has demanded Riyadh provide clear answers over Mr Khashoggi's case.


British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told his Turkish counterpart Khashoggi's disappearance remains "deeply concerning".

He had been critical of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators who it said had identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team that arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared.

A number of states, including Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, have expressed serious concerns over the journalist's disappearance.

People walk past the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 7, 2018.

Business barons including British billionaire Richard Branson and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, as well as media powerhouses Bloomberg and CNN, have pulled out of the Future Investment Initiative (FII). Chief Executive Jamie Dimon; and Ford Motor Co. The Public Investment Fund, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, has made 34 investments in the U.S., including a $3.5 billion stake in ride hailing firm Uber, a five per cent stake in vehicle maker Tesla, and a $1bn investment in Tesla rival Lucid Motors.


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