Trump calls Khashoggi killing 'one of worst cover-ups,' Pompeo penalizes Saudis


Russia's large delegation is led by Direct Investment Fund head Kirill Dmitriev, who said on Tuesday that while Khashoggi's killing needed to be investigated and the culprits punished, the Saudi economic and social reform drive could not be ignored.

Turkish intelligence has shared "all the evidence" over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the CIA chief during a visit, pro-government media reported on Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, President Trump declared the Khashoggi "cover-up" one of the "worst in the history of cover-ups".

The Saudis blame a fistfight that escalated out of control, but in a highly anticipated speech on Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asserted that the "brutal" killing had been planned days before Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"As we all know, these are hard days for us in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia", he said.

The men suspected of murdering the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will not be allowed to enter the UK, Theresa May has said.

On the outrage against Saudi Arabia in the US, Pompeo said these penalties will not be the last word on this matter from the United States. He noted some of those identified work for ministries and the royal court.

Riyadh initially denied knowledge of Khashoggi's fate before saying he was killed in a fight in the consulate, a reaction that was met with scepticism from governments and commentators around the world.

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Before Erdogan's announcement, top Turkish officials said Turkey would clarify exactly what happened to Khashoggi as pressure increased on Saudi Arabia, which is hosting a glitzy investment conference this week that many dignitaries have chose to skip because of the scandal.

"No one would imagine that in today's world and a new century that we would witness such an organized murder and a system would plan out such a heinous murder", Rouhani said, according to IRNA. CIA Director Gina Haspel is now in Turkey and is expected to return Wednesday.

The report also said Middle-East human rights advocate Fadi Al-Qadi called the photo-op "ruthless".

Since Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance more than three weeks ago, Turkish and Saudi authorities have carried out multiple searches at the Saudi consulate and consul general's residence in Istanbul. "We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those accountable", Pompeo said.

For Saudi Arabia's allies, the burning question has been whether they believe that Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability in the killing, a possibility raised by several USA lawmakers. That's when an unidentified person on the team applied a chokehold, which the officials said was intended only to keep Khashoggi quiet but ended up killing him instead.

Turkish police were searching an abandoned vehicle belonging to the Saudi consulate in an underground auto park in the Sultangazi district of Istanbul.

On the day Mr Khashoggi arrived for his appointment and was later killed, the hard disk in the consulate's camera system was removed, Mr Erdogan said. He was told he would need to return later to collect the documents.

He, however, acknowledged Turkey was still searching for answers to key questions, including who gave the order.