Jamal Khashoggi: Mike Pompeo to visit Saudi Arabia

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October 11: The Washington Post, which Khashoggi writes for, reports the Turkish government told USA officials that it had audio and video recordings proving Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident who became increasingly critical of Prince Mohammed in columns for the Washington Post, has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom's Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on Oct 2.

However, unconfirmed reports in the U.S. media suggest Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that Mr Khashoggi died as a result of an interrogation that went wrong and that the original intention had been to abduct him. Sources tell Fox News that President Trump has not been made aware of any pending report by the Saudi government. According to CNN, the report will likely claim the interrogation was conducted without clearance or transparency.

King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday evening, officials said, and stressed the importance of the two countries working together on the case.

Such an acknowledgment would follow President Trump's suggestion yesterday after speaking with King Salman by phone that "rogue killers" appeared to have been behind Khashoggi's disappearance on a visit to his country's consulate in Istanbul.

The America-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared in early October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Prince Mohammed told Reuters previous year that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

The Saudi government could not immediately be reached for comment on the CNN report. But he said the royal court would soon put out a narrative that an official within the kingdom's intelligence services - who happened to be a friend of Prince Mohammed - had carried out the killing.

"The Republic of Yemen expressed its deep appreciation for the high prestige enjoyed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which makes it the cornerstone of the security and stability of the Arab and Islamic worlds, as well as stability of the region", read the statement, attributed to Yemen's state news agency Saba.

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Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi agents but Riyadh has always strongly denied this.

Trump then said that the Saudi government's denial "could not have been stronger".

It is feared the Washington Post columnist, who lived in the USA, was killed and dismembered when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Tawakkol Karman of Yemen talks during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey Oct 8, 2018.

Saudi Arabia's riyal currency retreated overnight to 3.7525 to the dollar - its weakest in two years.

The kingdom seems to be taking on each challenge one by one, beginning with Turkey where the macabre incident took place.

Saudi Arabia has warned that it would retaliate against any punishment with even greater measures.

Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul over a week ago after apparently giving his fiancee his iPhone, which the watch was synced with.