Top US officials talk to bin Salman on Khashoggi

Iranian-Saudi detente could transform the region and US power is there to prevent

The senators, including Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and top Democrat Bob Menendez, sent the letter triggering a probe into the disappearance of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

United Nations rights office spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, on Tuesday echoed calls for "a prompt, impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to keep the findings public" in comments to journalists in Geneva. Saudi officials haven't acknowledged that.

Jamal Khashoggi: Washington is demanding answers from Saudi Arabia after a US-based Saudi journalist and critic disappeared following his arrival at their consulate in Istanbul.

Erdogan said Saudi officials need to prove that Khashoggi left the building. CCTV footage showed him entering the building.

Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday that he had talked "more than once" and "at the highest levels" with Saudi officials. After the consulate, we were going to buy appliances for our new home and set a date. Now you will say that I encourage others to kill. "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody". "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody".

Cengiz has pleaded for President Donald Trump to help with the search for him amid fading hope that he remains alive. "We call for an independent worldwide investigation to determine as quickly as possible what has happened to Khashoggi".

"The Saudis have a lot of explaining to do because all indications are that they have been involved at minimum with his disappearance", Corker told The Associated Press. Corker said "everything points to them".

USA intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi before he vanished, according to the Post, which cited two people familiar with the information.

Turkish media Wednesday showed what it said was a team of the 15 Saudis arriving at the Istanbul airport on the same day Khashoggi went missing.

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The move added pressure on close US ally Riyadh to provide more information on the whereabouts of the prominent critic of Saudi policies, whose disappearance has sparked global concern.

Earlier, Turkish daily Sabah listed the names and images of 15 suspected Saudi operatives who landed in Istanbul on the day Khashoggi vanished last week after entering the Saudi consulate.

That same day, President Trump was asked about Khashoggi's disappearance and didn't have much to say apart from "I am concerned about it".

News channel 24 aired the video Wednesday, suggesting that Khashoggi was inside of the black Mercedes Vito.

Brunson, a pastor for the last 20 years at the Evangelical Resurrection Church in western Turkey's Izmir, was arrested on alleged links to the PKK terrorist group and the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), who orchestrated an attempted coup on July 15, 2016; however, he was later put on house arrest.

In recent days, I've witnessed the work of the Turkish authorities as they monitor the situation closely. Under the Vienna Convention, foreign diplomatic missions are sovereign territory and a host country can not enter without permission.

Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations. Saudi Arabia, however, has been a major United States ally in the Middle East since WWII, including serving as the launching pad for the 1991 Gulf War and, most recently, as the linchpin of regime change efforts directed against Iran and Syria.

Trump said he had talked "more than once" and "at the highest levels" to partners in Saudi Arabia, which is one of Washington's closest allies and a key market for the U.S. weapons industry.

When I asked him why he chose to live in the United States, he said America was the world's most powerful country, where one could feel the political pulse of the planet.

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