Macron Suspends Political Visits To Saudi Arabia As Khashoggi Backlash Intensifies

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Meanwhile, Turkish media say they have identified a 15-member team of suspected Saudi agents who flew into and out of Istanbul on the day of the disappearance.

He had been living in the United States after criticising Saudi's authoritarian rulers and was writing for the Washington Post.

Later in the day, Trump told reporters that "it certainly looks like" Khashoggi was dead.

Trump was at Joint Base Andrews and was asked by reporters if he thought the journalist was killed on Thursday prior to boarding Air Force One. Turkish police are searching a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul and a city near the Sea of Marmara for the remains of Khashoggi more than two weeks after he vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, two senior Turkish officials told Reuters.

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Turkish officials say Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb flew into Istanbul on a private jet along with an "autopsy expert" October 2 and left that night. He also vowed "severe" consequences. "I mean it's bad, bad stuff, but we'll see what happens". "But we'll see what happens", Trump told reporters when asked what would be the consequences of such an unfortunate incident. He was responding to a report alleging that it had passed on information to the United States and its Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who held emergency talks in Saudi Arabia and Turkey this week.

Mr. Trump said he would wait for the results of three different investigations before drawing conclusions.

"We approach them as though they're honest people dealing with us wanting to improve the lives of the people in the country they come from", he said.

Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", will be missing numerous major players after several world leaders and top business executives have decided not to attend. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are at loggerheads. "Turkey has followed the law and worldwide agreements and has taken "open and transparent actions" in the Khashoggi case", Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu told Anadolu Angency (AA) yesterday.

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Mahoney said Khashoggi's disappearance has generated greater "horror" and more global press coverage than he has seen in many, many years.

"And I told President Trump this morning that we ought to give them a few more days to complete that, so that we, too, have a complete understanding of the facts surrounding that".

The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Stef Blok, said he was pulling out because "the disappearance of Khashoggi is a very serious matter".

Khashoggi worked as an opinion columnist at The Washington Post newspaper, and has written critically of the Saudi government and its crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman.

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David Stockman, the former budget director for President Ronald Reagan, is warning that stocks would take a nosedive if the US imposes sanctions against Saudi Arabia.