Trump prom­ises to call Saudi king about miss­ing scribe

The Philippine Star - - WORLD NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has de­clared that the US will un­cover the truth about what hap­pened to journalist and US res­i­dent Ja­mal Khashoggi, whose pos­si­ble mur­der in Saudi hands af­ter dis­ap­pear­ing in Is­tan­bul has cap­tured world­wide at­ten­tion. Trump on Fri­day promised to per­son­ally call Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man soon about “the ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion in Turkey.” “We’re go­ing to find out what hap­pened,” Trump told re­porters in Cincin­nati where he was head­lin­ing a po­lit­i­cal rally. Khashoggi, a force­ful critic of the Saudi govern­ment, went miss­ing more than a week ago af­ter en­ter­ing a Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, and Turk­ish of­fi­cials have said they be­lieve he was mur­dered there.

US of­fi­cials said they are seek­ing an­swers from the Saudi govern­ment and are not yet ac­cept­ing the Turk­ish govern­ment’s con­clu­sions.

The Saudis have called ac­cu­sa­tions that they are re­spon­si­ble for Khashoggi’s dis­ap­pear­ance “base­less.” Widely broad­cast video shows the 59-year-old writer and The Wash­ing­ton

Post con­trib­u­tor en­ter­ing the con­sulate the other Tues­day, but there is none show­ing him leav­ing.

Sep­a­rately, Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo spoke to Khashoggi’s fi­ancée, Hat­ice Cen­giz, who ac­com­pa­nied him to the Saudi con­sulate, the State De­part­ment said on Fri­day. No de­tails of the con­ver­sa­tion were re­leased.


A mem­ber of se­cu­rity ex­its Saudi Ara­bia’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Fri­day. Turkey and Saudi Ara­bia will form a ‘joint work­ing group’ to look into the dis­ap­pear­ance of Saudi journalist Ja­mal Khashoggi, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior Turk­ish of­fi­cial.

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