Riyadh(October 16, 2018): 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. Earlier, Saudi King Shah Salman received a telephone call from US President Donald Trump, in which the latter praised the progress in Saudi-Turkish joint cooperation in investigating the disappearance of Saudi citizen Jamal Bin Ahmed Khashoggi and the Kingdom’s keenness to unearth all the facts related to the incident.
Last week, Turkey accepted a Saudi proposal to form a joint working group to investigate Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance. President Trump has tweeted that he has just spoken to King Salman, who denied any knowledge of what might have happened to Mr. Khashoggi.
King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday evening, officials said and stressed the importance of the two countries working together on the case.