German Chancellor Merkel Throws Future Military Sales to Saudi Arabia Into Doubt

Robert Mahoney Deputy Executive for the Committee to Protect Journalists speaks during a news conference to issue an appeal to the UN on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the United Nations in New York

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the explanation of Khashoggi's death "inadequate" while French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said many questions "remain unanswered".

A joint Turkish-Saudi team completed an investigation into the case on Thursday after searching the residence of the consul general as well as the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Speaking during a stop in Jerusalem, Mnuchin said the United States' strategic and economic relationship with the Saudis was too important to be put in jeopardy over Khashoggi's killing. "I am going to go there and meet with my counterparts and continue to focus on what's in the Treasury's domain, as it relates to this issue".

Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Her comments build on an earlier response to Saudi Arabia's account that the journalist was killed during an altercation at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

His comments are likely to heighten speculation that Turkey may be about to reveal some of the results of its investigations into the killing of the dissident journalist, a Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident, who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct.2. Two of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's close advisers were among those fired.

Earlier, Trump said that "I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia" - but in fact he has boasted in the past that "I make a lot of money with them".

"No, I am not satisfied until we find the answer", he told reporters. "That is not the focus of my trip".

Days later, Turkish officials said they believed he was killed in the building and his body cut up, an allegation Saudi Arabia had, until now, strenuously denied.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Fox News that Khashoggi's killing was "a rogue operation" and that "we don't know where the body is'".

Responding to a question, the USA president indicated that he would let the Congressmen take lead on the issue of particularly determining the action that needs to be taken against Saudi Arabia.

"We haven't finished our review", he said.

"We need them as a counterbalance to Iran", he said. The existence of such evidence has been reported in Turkish media in a series of leaks, though Turkish officials have yet to confirm they have recordings.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident, went missing after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.

Trump initially said he found the explanation credible, but later expressed more scepticism - although he warned against scrapping a multibillion-dollar arms deal with the conservative kingdom.

In a statement Sunday, the governments said attacks on journalists are unacceptable and "of utmost concern to our three nations".

The king also ordered a restructuring of the intelligence service, to be led by Prince Mohammed, suggesting the prince still retained wide-ranging authority.

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