Turkey widens search for clues to Saudi journalist's disappearance

Khashoggi,Jamal Khashoggi,Saudi journalist

"I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us".

"I think we have to find out what happened first", he said in an interview with the Associated Press Tuesday about Khashoggi's disappearance in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Saudi Arabia, if you're listening.

Within days of Khashoggi's disappearance, Turkish investigators said they had pieced together most of the mystery, concluding that he had been killed inside the consulate and dismembered.

Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh to talk directly with Saudi Arabia's royals amid strong pressure in Congress and the US media to prevent the vanishing of Khashoggi from being swept under the carpet.

Saudi officials say he left the building, but have provided no evidence to support this.

She said Tuesday the "onus is on the Saudi authorities" to reveal what happened, and insisted "no further obstacles" should be placed in the way of a quick, thorough, impartial and transparent investigation.

"The investigation is looking into many things such as toxic materials and those materials being removed by painting them over", Turkish President Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters.

A Turkish forensic expert was seen on the roof close to the consulate's flag. "These can't be fully erased after all, so the teams will continue to work on this".

Pompeo will meet later Tuesday with Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, dining with the prince in the evening.

This video grab made on October 10, 2018, from CCTV footage obtained from Turkish news agency DHA, shows Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, right, arriving at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

"He said it very strongly", Trump said when pressed to say whether he believed the Saudi king.

"I don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", Trump added.

A Turkish security source said the search of the consulate provided "strong evidence" but no conclusive proof that Khashoggi was killed there.

"The Saudi government can no longer remain silent, and it is essential that our own government and others push harder for the truth", Ryan said in a statement.

Pompeo met on Tuesday with King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud in the Saudi capital and financial hub of Riyadh.

An investment conference seen as a platform for the crown prince and dubbed the "Davos in the Desert" which was scheduled to take place in Riyadh next week, has been hit by a string of prominent cancellations.

Greene has joined a list of execs that includes Richard Branson, Uber's Dara Khosrowshahi, Android creator Andy Rubin, and a handful of less-well-known names.

In a major new blow for the event, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Ford chairman Bill Ford also cancelled plans to attend as well as Larry Fink, the head of investment giant BlackRock, and Steve Schwarzman of Blackstone.

A section on the glitzy event website with pictures of the speakers has now been taken down.

The White House knows it will be straining credulity with its supporters if, as Donald Trump has suggested, it were to accept the Saudis' claim that Khashoggi's presumed killing was the result of a rogue operation that went wrong. Along with Riyadh's previous indications that it was willing to consider funding in yuan, increased arms sales would be a "natural progression" of their relationship, he said.

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