Saudi Arabia faces 'serious consequences' if Khashoggi claims true: UK

Saudi Arabia faces 'serious consequences' if Khashoggi claims true: UK

On Wednesday, Corker and almost every member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked President Donald Trump to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance and consider placing sanctions on Saudi Arabia if it is found to have killed him.

Trump declined to say whom he talked with in the Saudi government.

It said that the circumstances around Khashoggi's disappearance "suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally-recognised human rights", including torture or killing.

"We want to be in close cooperation with Saudi Arabia", he said.

They told Trump, "Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the government of Saudi Arabia". He went to the diplomatic building on October 2 with Cengiz but was not seen after entering it.

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz wrote an op-ed imploring Trump and the first lady to help, and has written a letter to the White House has gotten the pair's attention. "If they have the ability and also the audacity to go into another country and kill a journalist, these aren't the kind of people maybe that we want to be selling arms to", he said. It's a very bad situation.

We'll keep you updated if WWE makes any additional comments. "We can't let this happen".

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US-Saudi relations have grown even stronger since Trump took office.

"Part of that is what we are doing with our defense systems and everybody is wanting them and frankly, I think that would be very, very tough pill to swallow for our country".

"This is unprecedented. I've never seen or heard of anything like this", Courtney Radsch, advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, said of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Corker also said that the administration was not given a heads up about the letter prior to its release to reporters, adding that he was unsure about how Trump might respond given his close relationship with the Saudi crown prince.

"In both calls, they asked for more details and for the Saudi government to be transparent in the investigation process", the White House said.

A rep for WWE released a statement to the media saying, "We are now monitoring the situation".

"I think they did it and I think unfortunately he's deceased", Corker said, according to The Hill.

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The Washington Post described President Donald Trump as increasingly frustrated with the lack of response from Saudi officials on questions related to the Khashoggi case. Paul is pushing Congress to block future arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Among them was a forensics expert, it says.

Other names and photos of the 15, who Sabah said travelled on diplomatic passports, match officers in the Saudi Army and Air Force, as identified by previous Saudi media reports and in one case a Facebook profile.

Riyadh insisted the Khashoggi left the building and called the murder claims "baseless".

"Therefore, I believe Khashoggi's assassination will lead to a significant imbalance of relations, which was clearly reflected in the call by American officials to stop exporting arms to Riyadh and to hold those involved in Khashoggi's assassination accountable".

Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto ruler ordered an operation targeting journalist and United States resident Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for more than a week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday citing USA intelligence intercepts.

A source told the Washington Post that USA intelligence "intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him".

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia a year ago saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post. But senior members of Congress with access to US intelligence reporting feared the worst. Am I supposed to dislike them? "It's a certainty", said former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and National Security Council spokesman Ned Price, whose group National Security Action has put together examples of authoritarian leaders mimicking Trump's phrasing.

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