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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Says America Takes Saudi Journalist's Disappearance 'Seriously'

October 17, 2018 - 7:41 am
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — ​U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says America takes the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi "seriously."

Pompeo made the comments to journalists after leaving Turkey on Wednesday during a quick visit that included a talk with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Pompeo said Erdogan "made clear that the Saudis had cooperated with the investigation that the Turks are engaged in and they are going to share information."

Asked if he heard or asked to hear audio of Khashoggi's alleged slaying, he said: "I don't have anything to say about that."

Pompeo stressed that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have important links, including working on countering Iran.

However, he said: "If a country engages in activity that is unlawful, it's unacceptable. No one is going to defend activity of that nature. They need to simply say what happened."

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4:45 p.m.

Turkish police have arrived at the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul to conduct a search over the disappearance and alleged slaying of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

The police arrived Wednesday at the home.

They had wanted to search Tuesday night but did not have permission from Saudi Arabia.

The search comes after investigators searched the consulate earlier this week.

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3:50 p.m.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is putting a planned trip to Saudi Arabia on hold pending the outcome of an investigation into the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Maas told reporters Wednesday that, "regarding my travel plans ... we will wait for the time being."

He called the case "extremely worrying ... and disturbing" and demanded a complete and quick clarification of what has happened to Khashoggi.

Khashoggi vanished Oct. 2 during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and Turkish officials have claimed Saudi agents killed and dismembered the Washington Post columnist.

Maas says once the Saudi government makes an expected statement, "we'll use that as an opportunity to consider again if a trip to Saudi Arabia at this time makes sense or not."

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