With the death of the dissident journalist as a backdrop, the EU receives the money to “stabilize” Syria.
The United States received a payment of 100 million dollars from Saudi Arabia on the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
In August, Saudi Arabia publicly promised the payment intended to support the United States in its stabilization efforts in northeastern Syria; however, doubts persisted about when Saudi officials would hand over the money.
The newspaper The New York Times revealed the news, which raised doubts if the delivery underlies a kind of reward for the crime case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Riad is trying to cover up Prince Mohamed bin Salman. The State Department denied any connection between the payment and Pompeo’s discussions with Saudi officials about Khashoggi.
Western diplomats suspect that the kingdom will compensate Turkey for its willingness to initiate a joint investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi, a reimbursement that could come in the form of relief at a time of turmoil in Turkish public finances.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo received a first-hand report on Turkey’s evidence of Khashoggi’s death; However, he did not listen to the audio that reveals the horrific last moments of the journalist’s life. After the Pompeo trip, first to Riyadh and Ankara, there is no clear and official information about what happened 16 days ago nor any indication of Trump’s strategy.
According to the Turkish press, upon entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Khashoggi was transferred to a small studio next to the consul’s office. There, one of the envoys – a forensic doctor named Salah Muhammad al Tubaigy, who is also a senior official within the Saudi Interior Ministry – began to cut off the journalist’s body, which remained alive and shouted for the pain he suffered with the mutilations. According to official Turkish sources, he stopped shouting at seven minutes: that was the time it took him to die.
News reports also indicate that the order to have Khashoggi disappeared or killed came from the top of Riyadh. One of the 15 Saudis who traveled to Istanbul to intercept the journalist was part of Bin Salmán’s entourage on the trip that the Crown Prince made to Spain and France just a few months ago.
Of the remaining 14, in addition, 9 of them worked for the Saudi security services, the Army or other ministerial departments.
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