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India expected to keep buying Iranian oil despite sanctions by US

India expected to keep buying Iranian oil despite sanctions by US

A source told the Post that prior to Khashoggi going missing, US intelligence intercepted Saudi officials' communications, which revealed a plan to capture Khashoggi and get him to Saudi Arabia.

Istanbul police experts were analysing vehicles which entered and left the consulate, some of which were then seen on camera on October 2 at the consul-general's residence, 200 metres away, the daily said.

Jeddah - Three key figures with links to Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood are behind an orchestrated and malicious media campaign blaming Saudi authorities for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It's a very bad situation.

The Post's report follows Defense Secretary James Mattis's remarks about Khashoggi's disappearance, in which he suggested the United States was keeping track of the developments.

Pence did not indicate that either Turkey, which has launched an intensive investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, or Saudi Arabia has sought US assistance.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, vanished on October 2 after entering the consulate to obtain official documents ahead of his marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

Anadolu reported that on October 2, Turkish officials had searched a private jet that came from Saudi Arabia and its passengers but did not find anything.

Turkish authorities say Mr Khashoggi was killed.

His critical reporting of his native country saw him fired twice from his role as editor-in-chief of Saudi's Al-Watan newspaper.

Critics have accused the White House of being slow to react to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and hesitant to criticize the Saudi government, a close partner of the Trump administration. His first foreign stop as President was in Riyadh, where he was welcomed with high pomp, including massive projections of his face alongside King Salman on the Ritz Carlton hotel where he was staying.

"We're demanding everything", Trump said when asked if he was demanding information from the Saudis.

His message struck a nuanced tone in the USA, where he tried to acknowledge the reforms undertaken by Bin Salman while also highlighting the flaws. "I'm not happy about this". Previous year he oversaw the imprisonment of dozens of prominent Saudis in the very Ritz hotel Trump stayed during his visit.

"Although his opinions had angered certain people, he said, the tensions between himself and Saudi Arabia did not amount to hate, grudges or threats", his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, wrote in The Washington Post.

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Thursday that the administration's objective was that there be no waivers and "exports of Iranian oil and gas and condensates drops to zero".

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the U.S.is continuing to monitor the unfolding investigation in Istanbul, but offered no information about what the crown prince told the US officials regarding Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi, who has penned articles critical of some of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies in the Arab and Western press, was a Washington Post op-ed writer.

Even in exile he refused to outright condemn the Saudi regime, especially on alleged war crimes in Yemen and the crackdown on dissent back in Saudi Arabia. Lindsay Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is close to Trump. A senior Turkish official told the Times that "Ankara hoped that Washington and the global community would take the lead in challenging Saudi Arabia".

"I think the United States of America stands ready to assist in any way", Pence said.

Drewery Dyke, an activist with ALQST, noted the marked increase in the arrests of civil society activists following the ascension of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Saudi Arabia has sent its own security team to work with Turkish counterparts and intends to "chase every lead to uncover the truth behind his disappearance", he said.


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