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Turkish investigators have found two suitcases and other items in a Saudi consulate auto in Istanbul, as part of the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Tuesday.

Mr Erdogan urged Riyadh to search "from top to bottom" to uncover those behind Mr Khashoggi's death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, an incident that has prompted global outrage and strained relations between Riyadh and Washington. Comparatively, CPJ reported that only seven journalists were jailed in Saudi Arabia at that time.

"The word from President Erdogan this morning that this brutal murder was premeditated, pre-planned days in advance, flies in the face of earlier assertions that had been made by the Saudi regime and again it underscores the determination of our administration to find out what happened here", Pence said.

Khashoggi went missing on Oct 2 when he entered the consulate in Istanbul.

"To blame such an incident on a handful of security and intelligence members would not satisfy us or the worldwide community", Erdogan said in a speech to ruling party lawmakers in parliament. Mnuchin met Monday with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman - who hasn't directly addressed the killing of Khashoggi - at a meeting separate to the investment conference.

Last Friday, Riyadh acknowledged Khashoggi died in the consulate, but insisted it was an accident after he was placed in a chokehold.




The Turkish president did not mention the crown prince in his speech, though officials linked to the royal have been implicated in the killing. "And as facts unfold, as we continue to develop our understanding of the individuals that were responsible for this, who not only executed it but led and were involved and were connected to it, the world should know that we intend to hold those individuals accountable when we develop that fact set", Pompeo said.

"The European Union's reaction from now on will depend on the next steps that will be taken by Saudi authorities", Mogherini said.

"Why did these 15 people meet in Istanbul on the day of the murder?"

Shortly before Pompeo's remarks, President Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that Saudi Arabia's operation was one of the "worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups". The directive broadly states that the Saudi government should conduct negotiations to try to bring dissidents who have left Saudi Arabia back to the country for reconciliation and re-integration into society, the officials said.

Labour's leadership seized on the events in Istanbul to call for arms sales to Saudi Arabia to be halted. Citing accounts provided by the suspects during the internal Saudi investigation, officials said that after killing him in the consulate, the Saudi team removed his body from the consulate rolled up in a rug. The number of arrests lines up with information gathered by Turkish intelligence on the case, Erdogan said.

"I would love if he wasn't responsible", Trump said of Mohammed, also known as MBS, to The Washington Post on Saturday.


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