Saudi king calls Erdogan as Khashoggi fallout widens

Prince Turki bin Bandar posing with Pakistan's finance minister in 2003

Prince Turki bin Bandar posing with Pakistan's finance minister in 2003

Saudi authorities have yet to give a clear explanation of Khashoggi's fate, while several countries - particularly Turkey, the US and the United Kingdom - have expressed their desire that the matter should be elucidated as soon as possible.

Riyadh had so far not allowed the search at the Istanbul consulate - officially Saudi territory - amid reports both sides were at odds over the conditions of the probe. Riyadh has dismissed the allegations as baseless.

The official Saudi Press Agency quoted an unnamed government source as saying, "The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations".

"The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, and that the Kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy." the source added without elaborating.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national living in the U.S. since September 2017 fearing arrest, criticised some policies of Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

Trump said "nobody knows yet" what happened inside the consulate, "but we'll probably be able to find out" if Salman ordered Khashoggi's murder.

Mr Kudlow also brushed off threats from Saudi Arabia that it would respond forcefully to any U.S. sanctions imposed over Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

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He said any response to Khashoggi's killing "needs to be strong, not symbolic", including the possibility of cutting off US weapons sales to Riyadh, or it would undermine the U.S.'s moral standing in the world.

In a sign of growing pressure, some media companies and executives have pulled out of an investment conference in Saudi planned for October 23-25 over the Khashoggi affair.

Meanwhile, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told ABC News on Sunday that US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is "intending to go" to the conference at the moment, but "will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces".

In the clip CBS released ahead of Sunday's broadcast, Trump said his son-in-law Jared Kushner spoke with the crown prince, who repeatedly denied having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a United States resident who wrote columns for the Washington Post, disappeared on Oct 2 after visiting the consulate. Saudi officials say he left shortly afterwards but Turkish officials and his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.

The Washington Post reported the Turkish government has told U.S. officials it has audio and video recordings which show how Mr Khashoggi was "interrogated, tortured and then murdered" inside the consulate before his body was dismembered. The kingdom has called such allegations "baseless" but has not offered any evidence Mr Khashoggi ever left the consulate.

Riyadh has warmly welcomed the creation of the working group but Interior Minister Prince Abdel Aziz bin Saud bin Nayef slammed the claims that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

Dozens of media organisations - some of whom had set up tents - were maintaining a constant vigil outside the consulate in expectation of the search finally beginning. The alleged slaying threatens to derail efforts by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to redefine Saudi Arabia to foreign investors as a more open and tolerant place to visit and do business.

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