Khashoggi disappearance: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to in Riyadh

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

On that same day 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the building while Khashoggi was also inside, Turkish police sources said.

Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Khashoggi, who wrote critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

US President Donald Trump has suggested "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.

The White House is brushing aside threats by Saudi Arabia that it may economically retaliate for any US punitive action imposed over the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pledging a "swift, open, transparent investigation" into his disappearance.

Since self-exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul this month and vanished, his case has sparked global intrigue and outrage and put leaders of his homeland on the defensive.

Saudi media on Monday echoed the kingdom's hard-line threat of retaliation for any sanctions over the disappearance and alleged death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as demands grew for boycotts of the same worldwide brands once courted by the kingdom.

Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

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Saudi Arabia, in turn, threatened to retaliate. Trump said the king told him on Monday that the two countries were working very closely on the case.

Patrick said defence department officials should also be thinking about Australia's appetite for military exports to Saudi Arabia.

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.

"I just spoke with the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge to the Saudi Arabian citizen", Mr Trump said to reporters on Monday.

James Dorsey, a fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said Saudi Arabia was stepping up moves against criticism. And frankly the fact that it's a reporter you could say in many respects it. brings it to a level.

Trump has promised "severe punishment" will be handed out to Riyadh if it turns out that the country is responsible for the alleged killing of the journalist - but that harsh comment has been tempered by other less angry statements which indicate that the U.S. president is not quite serious about doling out any kind of consequences.

Us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is flying to Saudi Arabia immediately. We have seen Saudi Arabia killing Naser al-Sa'id in 1979 in Lebanon - he was kidnapped, taken back to Saudi Arabia and was killed. Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford won't attend because of a scheduling conflict, a spokeswoman said.

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