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Saudi state owned Al-Arabiya news channel delivered a bullish message to the USA and the global community in response to growing calls for sanctions against Riyadh over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. If until now he has not ordered attacks against any other country it is because he is not sure of the consequences.

The Turkish investigation team entered looking into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Monday evening, and left nine to ten hours later, early on Tuesday.

These developments indicate that the USA may not even have to slap Saudi Arabia with sanctions at the government level, as the private sector appears to be more concerned over Khashoggi's mysterious disappearance than the Trump administration itself. "The Saudis said we could only get a brief tour".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also appreciated the historical close relations between the two countries and the two peoples, the statement said. His disappearance has led to strong worldwide condemnation of Saudi Arabia, and that condemnation is now starting to trickle over into the business world.

But while USA lawmakers have sparked a human rights investigation that could trigger sanctions on Riyadh, Mr Trump said he is reluctant to cancel multimillion-dollar arms sales to the Gulf state. James Lankford, R-Okla., who was at the White House for the arrival of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was released from Turkey after almost two years of confinement. "The United States is the dominant energy player so we're in pretty good shape, in my opinion, with our energy boom to cover any shortfalls". And he rejected scrapping U.S. arms deals, saying China and Russian Federation would just swoop up the lucrative contracts.

President Donald Trump said Monday that he is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi King Salman amid the mounting global backlash over missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. But it has rapidly become a vehicle for those firms to express their concerns over Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkish diplomatic sources said on Monday that a joint Turkish-Saudi team was put together to search for Khashoggi after his disappearance.

Late in the day, there were published reports that the Saudis were preparing to concede that Khashoggi, a USA -based Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, had been killed in an interrogation gone wrong.

Saudi king orders probe in Khashoggi case
What's known about Saudi writer's disappearance? Footage emerged Tuesday showing Khashoggi entering the building the week before. President Donald Trump rallies with supporters at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Ohio, U.S., October 12, 2018.

In a sign of new cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia that could shed light on the disappearance, Turkish investigators wearing coveralls and gloves entered the consulate Monday.

The nature of the act - a brazen alleged murder at a diplomatic mission in Istanbul - may give Turkey further incentive to hope the Khashoggi issue will just go away, according to Teneo's Piccoli. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince.

Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

But Riyadh vowed to hit back on Sunday against any punitive measures while Trump has also made clear he is reluctant to curb all-important arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of killing the journalist and critic.

The king thanked Mr Erdogan for welcoming a Saudi proposal to form a joint working group to discuss Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and said no one could undermine their relationship.

"Erdogan's ideal scenario is not drawn-out conflict with the Saudis, it's to help the Saudis dig out of this with a graceful exit", he said.

As of Monday morning, several other US-based companies have announced they would not attend the Saudi investment event in question. In America, Trump wants to tame prices before key midterm elections in November.


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