President Trump said Tuesday that Saudi officials had the "worst coverup ever" in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside a consulate in Turkey but said he would "leave it up to Congress" on punishing Riyadh for its behavior.
Khashoggi was an outspoken critic of the current ruling faction at the Saudi court, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, while championing numerous kingdom's policies such as the partition of Syria in his Washington Post columns.
"Turkish authorities seem to be concentrated on turning this into a multilateral issue" because they don't want "to be left alone with Saudi Arabia on all of this", he said.
Despite extensive news leaks alleging that Turkey has audio recordings documenting Khashoggi's torture and murder, neither USA nor allied government agencies had been granted access as of Monday to such evidence, the officials said.
Authorities have been investigating Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the consulate on October 2.
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson said Britain should "refuse to turn a blind eye" to the death of the dissident journalist and pressure Saudi Arabia into ending the brutal civil war in Yemen.
The crisis triggered by the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is hurting Saudi Arabia's plans to attract and retain global stock-market investors.
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- "The Saudi Arabian administration has taken an important step by admitting the murder".
Worldwide skepticism intensified after Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Khashoggi died in a brawl. Reuters said on Monday that Saud al-Qahtani, an influential adviser to Bin Salman, participated in a Skype call to the room in the consulate where Khashoggi was held, telling the team to "bring me the head of the dog".
U.S. President Donald Trump has said he's not satisfied with the explanations he's heard from Saudi Arabia about the death of the Washington Post columnist and critic of the kingdom.
The Turkish president called on Saudi Arabia to hold those responsible to account in a dramatic speech to Parliament.
Turkey is pursuing the case, Erdogan said, as both a "representative of humanity's shared conscience and also for its sovereign rights".
CIA Director Gina Haskell has been sent to Turkey to meet with investigators probing Khashoggi's murder, Pence said.
Pressing for full disclosure of who ordered the operation that led to the killing, Erdogan also said "leaving some security and intelligence forces holding the bag will not satisfy - neither us nor the worldwide community".
The three-day event is meant to project Saudi Arabia as a lucrative business destination as it seeks to lessen its dependence on oil revenues and sets the stage for new ventures and multibillion-dollar contracts.