France's finance minister cancels his Saudi conference trip amid Khashoggi disappearance

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France's finance minister cancels his Saudi conference trip amid Khashoggi disappearance

Trump has urged patience in the wake of US -based Khashoggi's disappearance earlier this month during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and said he took the matter seriously.

Turkish officials say Mr. Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate shortly after he entered on October 2, stirring global revulsion and widespread condemnation of Saudi Arabia.

Mr Khashoggi presented a strong criticism of the state of press freedoms in the Arab world: "The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power".

"I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together", she wrote.
"We're just going to allow the process to move forward, the facts to unfold and, as we make determination for ourselves, the United States will decide what the appropriate response will be".

Attiah added, "This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post".

On Wednesday, media reported that the Turkish police had searched the residence of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul as part of the probe into the incident.

Turkish officials, on the other hand, have been releasing evidence and brutal recordings of Khashoggi being beaten, drugged, murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the building on 2 October.

US President Donald Trump says the US has asked Turkey for an audio recording of Jamal Khashoggi's death which reportedly proves he was brutally tortured before his premeditated murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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In a still image from surveillance camera footage taken Oct. 2, 2018, and published Thursday, Oct. 18, 2019, by the pro-government Turkish newspaper Sabah, a man previously seen with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage during an April trip to the USA walks at Ataturk Airport in Isanbul. The Middle Eastern kingdom has warned that it will retaliate if sanctions are put in place. Trump also said he expected to get a full report from Pompeo when he returned.

"The conditions have not yet been met for me to go to Riyadh", Le Maire told French television's Public Senat.

Turkish officials allege Khashoggi, who has written critically about the Saudi government, was killed, which the Saudis have fiercely denied.

Turkish police claim to have found "certain evidence" which proves that the journalist died there.

Khashoggi also praised the Washington Post for its translation of his columns into Arabic, but ultimately, he argued what is most needed is an independent speech platform for ordinary Arab people.

But when asked if he was "giving cover" to the Saudi leaders, he said Wednesday that he was not.

How the crown prince emerges from the crisis is a test of how the West will deal with Saudi Arabia in the future.

A New York Times report cited a senior Turkish official confirming those details.

On Tuesday, G7 foreign ministers called for Saudi Arabia to conduct a "transparent" investigation into the issue.

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