Saudi prince agrees to Khashoggi case investigation as Turks search consulate

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed Tuesday in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman about Khashoggi's disappearance.

President Donald Trump says he has spoken to the king of Saudi Arabia, who denies any knowledge of what happened to a Saudi journalist who visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and then disappeared and is feared dead.

Khashoggi, a Saudi writer who frequently contributed to The Washington Post, is a US resident and a vocal critic of his country's government.

While Pompeo was in his meetings in Saudi Arabia, Trump, in Washington, said on Twitter, "For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russian Federation, for that matter)".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held separate meetings with Turkey's president and foreign minister for around 40 minutes each on Wednesday in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Pompeo "thanked the foreign minister for his continued partnership and he and the foreign minister followed up on a range of regional and bilateral issues discussed at the UN General Assembly", the statement read.

Turkish officials released a photo ofMutreb at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, and named him as part of a team of 15 Saudi agents reportedly sent in to confront Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where he was last seen on October 2, the report said.

"In each of those meetings I stressed the importance of them conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi".

Mr Khashoggi had been unafraid to criticise the government and Crown Prince and had previously been warned to stop writing articles and stop using Twitter.

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Pompeo said the Saudis are committed to a "thorough, transparent and timely" investigation.

The report by Yeni Safak adds to the ever-increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi, who vanished October 2 while visiting the consulate to pick up paperwork he needed to get married.

A Turkish daily on Wednesday claimed it has accessed audio recordings that indicate Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured before he was decapitated inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul.

It will be easy for Trump to dismiss such criticisms by arguing that he's merely passing along what he was told by King Salman and the crown prince. Following the nine-hour search, it has now been announced that the Saudi consul's residence will also be investigated by this same team.

The government's tentative explanation comports with comments Mr. Trump made Monday, after speaking to Saudi King Salman: "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", the president said.

"They are trying to make fun of us and our willingness to cooperate", one of the officials said.

Security services in Turkey have used pro-government media to leak details of Khashoggi's case, adding to the pressure on the kingdom.

Turkish officials have said they believe the Saudi journalist was murdered and his body removed, which the Saudis have strongly denied.

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