Turkish police search van that allegedly carried Khashoggi's body

ISTANBUL Turkish police fly a drone over the residence of Saudi Arabia’s Consul General Mohammad al Otaibi on Wednesday.—AFP

ISTANBUL Turkish police fly a drone over the residence of Saudi Arabia’s Consul General Mohammad al Otaibi on Wednesday.—AFP

Pompeo, who spoke with reporters on the White House driveway after briefing Trump on his talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, said Turkey also promised to share the results of its own investigation with the Saudis.

But Trump's willingness to give the Saudis more time to investigate the matter - at the behest of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, even as US intelligence agencies and global leaders say Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is behind Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance - complicates the growing crisis with the U.S.'s uneasy ally.

Asked what effect Saudi leaders would face if they are found to be responsible, he replied: "It will have to be very severe".

"I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia", treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin tweeted, referring to the meet.

In related developments, senior government officials from the United States, France, Britain and the Netherlands cancelled out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid questions over the kingdom's involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi worked as an opinion columnist at The Washington Post newspaper, and has written critically of the Saudi government and its crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, a top intelligence official with close ties to Saudi Arabia's crown prince, may get the blame for the alleged killing. But we'll see what happens'.

Pompeo emphasized the importance of a "thorough, transparent, and timely investigation that provides answers", the State Department said in a statement Tuesday.

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The investigators left the residence around 1:30 am, but some of them headed to the nearby consulate to conduct a search, which was continuing into the early hours of Thursday.

The Saudi government has strongly denied having anything to do with the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish police on Wednesday began searching the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul for their investigation, with forensics experts in white overalls entering the building, an AFP correspondent said.

"We do believe that between these two efforts a complete picture will emerge for what actually transpired here", Mr Pompeo said.

"Here is the head of the execution team", said Sabah's headline, and the paper then detailed Mutreb's movements on the day Khashoggi went missing.

Mr Trump's comments, however, signalled an urgency in completing the probe into the disappearance of the journalist, last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Canada, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, among other nations, consider the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist group.

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