Turkish police leave Saudi consulate in Istanbul after nine hours

US Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin taking an ear piece out during a joint press conference with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin Germany 16 March 2017

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Saudi Arabia is reportedly ready to concede that a missing Saudi writer was killed in its consulate in Istanbul.

Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi national and U.S. resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom's Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on Oct 2. According to that reported claim, the crown prince had approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but the intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself.

While Turkish officials have not officially stated what they believe happened to Khashoggi, they have reportedly told the US that they have video and audio that suggests the journalist was tortured and murdered by a team of Saudis.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) floated an accusation that a personal financial transaction with Saudi Arabia has resulted in a softer response from President Donald Trump in the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mr. Trump said he did not want to get into what was in King Salman's mind. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was dispatched to Riyadh, while in Istanbul, a team of investigators searched the consulate.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Mr Pompeo was expected in Turkey on Wednesday to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, after talks in Riyadh.

A Saudi official, not authorized to speak publicly, told Reuters that the king had ordered an internal investigation based on information from the joint team in Istanbul. Permission apparently came after a late Sunday-night call between King Salman and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

He told CBS: "We're going to get to the bottom of it".

'There needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what happened, and - if relevant - to identify those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure that they are held to account.

"Saudi Arabia is the biggest economy of the region, and the current reform plans rely on opening it further to private investment", said Karen Young, a political economist who studies the Gulf states.

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Two more Washington lobbying firms also dropped their representation of Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Since news of his disappearance, many American companies, including Uber [UBER.UL], Viacom and Ford, have pulled out of the three-day conference, known as "Davos in the Desert". An Endeavor spokesman declined to comment on the report. CNBC reported that Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga would not attend either.

Meanwhile, more major players in global finance and industry are pulling out of a high-profile business conference in Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, President Donald Trump suggested "rogue killers" could be behind Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

MbS's war in Yemen has always been reason enough not only to end the direct US support to that campaign but also to curtail USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Similar campaigns trended on social media in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Such an adjustment would end the unqualified deference that the Trump administration has given to Riyadh and make the relationship more businesslike, to be managed up or down to the extent to which Riyadh does or does not act consistent with US interests.

Manchester United sources insist the club is not for sale following speculation over a takeover bid by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Saudi Telecom are their longest running commercial partner and previous year United entered into a "strategic partnership" with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia which involves United "lending its business and sporting expertise to clubs, sporting authorities and individuals in Saudi Arabia".

October 2: He goes back to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"The king firmly denied any knowledge of it", Mr Trump said. We've all heard a lot about the audio.

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