ISTANBUL – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced Tuesday that the United States is withdrawing visas for the Saudi men accused of having killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to have.
The US measures represent the first concrete step by the Trump government to punish Saudi Arabia for what the Turkish government called the "planned" and "brutal" murder of a Washington Post columnist.
Pompeo said he also works with the Ministry of Finance to impose other sanctions on those responsible for the journalist's death
"These penalties will not be the last word in the matter in the US," Pompeo said a meeting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "We will continue to seek additional measures to bring those responsible to justice."
The Trump government has lagged behind the international community by criticizing the Saudi government for killing the journalist but expressing frustration over Riyadh It happened after Khashoggi entered the consulate on October 2nd.
"The cover-up was the worst in the history of the cover-ups," President Trump said Tuesday in the White House.
At the same time, Trump and Pompeo both emphasized the importance of Washington's relationship with Riyadh, which buys billions of dollars in aircraft, bombs, and other equipment from the United States each year.
"We make it very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action in order to forcefully silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist," Pompeo said. But he noted that "we continue to maintain a strong partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."
Legislators in Washington have asked Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto leader of the Saudi kingdom, to resign after Khashoggi's death. Pompeo promised that the United States would hold to account not only those who "executed" the mission, but also "those who were associated with it".
Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia to extradite 18 suspects Englisch: www.germnews.de/archive/gn/1997/11/21.html Government party in Ankara, the Turkish capital, disagreed with Saudi Arabia 's reports that Khashoggi was killed when a quarrel at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul resulted in an escalation.
The Turkish leader did not directly accuse the Saudi leadership of involvement in the assassination, but insisted that the Saudi investigation, which had so far resulted in 18 arrests, had not reached the ruling circles of the kingdom enough.
"It will not satisfy the public if you only commit this type of issue to a few security and intelligence officials," he said. "To cover up this kind of barbarism will hurt the conscience of all humanity."
"Saudi Arabia has taken an important step by accepting the murder, after which we expect them to divulge the people responsible for the matter, and we have information that the murder is not immediate but planned," he said ,
Erdogan described an operation in which Saudi agents removed the hard disk of a consular camera and a team visited wooded areas in and around Istanbul "for clarification" before the murder and also. These were areas that the Turkish police later focused on when searching for Khashoggi's body.
Erdogan failed to respond to the most explosive claims that emerged during the investigation – specifically, that Khashoggi was dismembered after his murder. And he did not provide any of the evidence Turkey had gathered so far, including sound scans that investigators say arrested the moments when Khashoggi was killed.
But the President gave the most detailed timeline of the days and hours before the murder three weeks ago
The murder has caused international outrage over Saudi Arabia's behavior and raised pressing questions about whether Mohammed was involved in the attack. Mohammed received standing ovation on Tuesday when he appeared on a major investment. In Riyadh, some western politicians and politicians have said goodbye to the controversy, but the Crown Prince did not address the crowd.
Separately on Tuesday, the official Saudi news agency released photos of Saudi King King King Salman and the Crown Prince, who meets two members of Khashoggi's family, including his son.