Saudi king calls Erdogan as Khashoggi fallout widens

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The Saudi government is preparing to say that the death of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the result of an interrogation by Saudi operatives that went wrong, two sources close to the Saudi kingdom tell CBS News.

CNN's report said the nation had not given its clearance for the attack on Khashoggi, and said "Those involved will be held responsible".

The Saudi government has described the allegations as "baseless", but have offered no evidence that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate.

The controversy has troubled Saudi's traditional Western allies - who are key arms suppliers to the kingdom - and also undermined efforts by Mohamed bin Salman to present himself as a modernising ruler. "We're very much working with our allies in the worldwide community to try and bring forward a concerted, or at least an aligned, response as we learn more about this situation", Trudeau said during a "fireside chat" at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.

Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

If one steps outside the Trump administration's way of depicting the Middle East and looks beyond the sword-dancing and orb-gazing of Trump's unforgiving relationship with the flattery-bestowing Saudis, then the Khashoggi matter, though certainly outrageous, can be seen as part of a larger pattern of the rule of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).

The case has provoked an global outcry, with US President Donald Trump threatening "severe punishment" if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate and European allies urging "a credible investigation" and accountability for those responsible. Trump is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with the king on the issue.

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Similar campaigns have been trending on social media in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, although there has been no official backing so far. "Imposing any type of sanctions on Saudi Arabia by the West will cause the kingdom to resort to other options", he said.

Anya Parampil shares comments from President Trump, who says a "rogue" actor could be responsible for the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government who has written for the Washington Post, was last seen walking into the consulate on 2 October. Video footage showed him arriving but not departing. In an interview to air on 60 Minutes this weekend, the president promised "severe punishment" if the United States determines that Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi.

Meanwhile on Monday, a team of Turkish and Saudi investigators entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the Associated Press reported. Turkey said Erdogan "stressed the forming of a joint working group to probe the case".

The chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Jamie Dimon, had been a featured speaker at the conference in Riyadh. Several business leaders and media outlets have backed out of the upcoming investment conference in Riyadh, called the Future Investment Initiative.

Saudi stocks have also been hit, suffering days of heavy losses, but made a strong comeback yesterday with the Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) rising over 4%.

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