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Jamal Khashoggi: US calls on Saudi Arabia to be 'transparent' about missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi: US calls on Saudi Arabia to be 'transparent' about missing journalist
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The US has called on Saudi Arabia to be “transparent” about the fate of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday.The US has called on Saudi Arabia to be “transparent” about the fate of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday.
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After six days of silence from the Trump administration amid reports that Khashoggi may have been abducted or killed by the Saudi regime, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, issued a statement saying senior US diplomats had spoken to their Saudi counterparts about the case.After six days of silence from the Trump administration amid reports that Khashoggi may have been abducted or killed by the Saudi regime, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, issued a statement saying senior US diplomats had spoken to their Saudi counterparts about the case.
“We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation,” Pompeo said.“We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation,” Pompeo said.
A few hours earlier, Vice President Mike Pence he said he was “deeply troubled” and warning that “the free world deserves answers”.A few hours earlier, Vice President Mike Pence he said he was “deeply troubled” and warning that “the free world deserves answers”.
Donald Trump’s own remarks to reporters were more tentative, saying he was “concerned” about “some pretty bad stories” about what had happened to Khashoggi.Donald Trump’s own remarks to reporters were more tentative, saying he was “concerned” about “some pretty bad stories” about what had happened to Khashoggi.
“Hopefully that will sort itself out,” the president said but added: “Right now nobody knows anything about it.”“Hopefully that will sort itself out,” the president said but added: “Right now nobody knows anything about it.”
Jamal Khashoggi is one of the Arab world’s most prominent journalists and commentators. He is an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia who has dared to defy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler. Jamal Khashoggi was one of the Arab world’s most prominent journalists and commentators. He was an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia who dared to defy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
While living in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi was told to stop writing or posting on Twitter, where he has more than 1.6 million followers. He moved to the US more than a year ago, where he continued to comment on his country both in print and on television. He wrote columns for the Washington Post and the Guardian. While living in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi was told to stop writing or posting on Twitter, where he had more than 1.6 million followers. He moved to the US in June 2017, where he continued to comment on his country both in print and on television. He wrote columns for the Washington Post and the Guardian.
His message struck a nuanced tone in the US, where he tried to acknowledge the reforms undertaken by Bin Salman while also highlighting the flaws.His message struck a nuanced tone in the US, where he tried to acknowledge the reforms undertaken by Bin Salman while also highlighting the flaws.
Khashoggi previously had close links with the Saudi royal family, including having served as a media aide to Prince Turki al-Faisal, when the latter was director general of the Saudi intelligence agency.Khashoggi previously had close links with the Saudi royal family, including having served as a media aide to Prince Turki al-Faisal, when the latter was director general of the Saudi intelligence agency.
He is also a former editor of the Saudi newspaper al-Watan and had worked with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a grandson of the first Saudi king who was detained last year as part of what the authorities said was an anti-corruption campaign. He was also a former editor of the Saudi newspaper al-Watan and had worked with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a grandson of the first Saudi king.
Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
Other western allies increased the pressure on Riyadh which has claimed that Khashoggi had left the Istanbul alive, a claim questioned by Turkish officials.Other western allies increased the pressure on Riyadh which has claimed that Khashoggi had left the Istanbul alive, a claim questioned by Turkish officials.
The UK foreign office said reports Khashoggi was abducted or killed by the Saudi government were “extremely serious allegations”. The French foreign ministry said Khashoggi was “a recognised and respected Saudi figure”.The UK foreign office said reports Khashoggi was abducted or killed by the Saudi government were “extremely serious allegations”. The French foreign ministry said Khashoggi was “a recognised and respected Saudi figure”.
Khashoggi is a US resident and a contributor to the Washington Post, but until Monday afternoon, the state department had stuck to a low-key response, offering only a single-line comment on Khashoggi’s disappearance that said: “We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are closely following the situation.”Khashoggi is a US resident and a contributor to the Washington Post, but until Monday afternoon, the state department had stuck to a low-key response, offering only a single-line comment on Khashoggi’s disappearance that said: “We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are closely following the situation.”
Bob Corker, the Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, took the lead in issuing a strongly worded statement.Bob Corker, the Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, took the lead in issuing a strongly worded statement.
“I have raised Jamal’s disappearance personally with the Saudi ambassador, and while we await more information, know we will respond accordingly to any state that targets journalists abroad,” Corker wrote on Twitter.“I have raised Jamal’s disappearance personally with the Saudi ambassador, and while we await more information, know we will respond accordingly to any state that targets journalists abroad,” Corker wrote on Twitter.
The White House reaction ultimately came in the form of a tweet from Pence, saying he was “deeply troubled to hear reports about Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.The White House reaction ultimately came in the form of a tweet from Pence, saying he was “deeply troubled to hear reports about Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“If true, this is a tragic day. Violence against journalists across the globe is a threat to freedom of the press & human rights. The free world deserves answers,” the vice president said.“If true, this is a tragic day. Violence against journalists across the globe is a threat to freedom of the press & human rights. The free world deserves answers,” the vice president said.
The Trump family – in particular the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner – has established a close bond with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.The Trump family – in particular the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner – has established a close bond with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In March 2017, Trump hosted “MBS” at the White House, breaking protocol to do so as the Saudi was only a deputy crown prince at the time. The president made Riyadh the destination of his first foreign trip and backed the Saudi royals wholeheartedly in their standoff with the Qataris.In March 2017, Trump hosted “MBS” at the White House, breaking protocol to do so as the Saudi was only a deputy crown prince at the time. The president made Riyadh the destination of his first foreign trip and backed the Saudi royals wholeheartedly in their standoff with the Qataris.
The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was last month reported to have overruled his own top advisers to approve the continued supply of arms to Saudi Arabia for its campaign in Yemen, despite the high civilian death toll from aerial bombardment.The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was last month reported to have overruled his own top advisers to approve the continued supply of arms to Saudi Arabia for its campaign in Yemen, despite the high civilian death toll from aerial bombardment.
Pompeo’s predecessor, Rex Tillerson, downgraded the role of pursuing human rights in the state department’s mission. Pompeo has addressed human rights selectively, concentrating on abuses in Iran and Venezuela.Pompeo’s predecessor, Rex Tillerson, downgraded the role of pursuing human rights in the state department’s mission. Pompeo has addressed human rights selectively, concentrating on abuses in Iran and Venezuela.
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Trump has boasted of his strong relationship with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who on Monday demanded that the Saudi monarchy prove Khashoggi left its consulate in Istanbul as Riyadh has claimed. But the relationship has soured over the Turkish detention of an American pastor and Ankara’s decision to buy a Russian anti-aircraft system.Trump has boasted of his strong relationship with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who on Monday demanded that the Saudi monarchy prove Khashoggi left its consulate in Istanbul as Riyadh has claimed. But the relationship has soured over the Turkish detention of an American pastor and Ankara’s decision to buy a Russian anti-aircraft system.
The US has no ambassador in either Riyadh or Ankara.The US has no ambassador in either Riyadh or Ankara.
“Normally we’d also have an ambassador in Saudi Arabia. We don’t. Getting on the phone and having quiet conversations to see if you can get any answers is one way to get it, but we’re not getting any answers,” Ivo Daalder, the former US envoy to Nato, told CNN.“Normally we’d also have an ambassador in Saudi Arabia. We don’t. Getting on the phone and having quiet conversations to see if you can get any answers is one way to get it, but we’re not getting any answers,” Ivo Daalder, the former US envoy to Nato, told CNN.
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