- President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a USA response.
Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with USA officials, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.
Pro-government Turkish media have published investigators' claims that Saudi agents linked to the crown prince cut off Khashoggi's fingers, decapitated him and then dismembered his body shortly after he arrived at the consulate to pick up documents for his wedding to Turkish national Hatice Cengiz. Some reported having more than 50 new followers with Arab links.
Earlier on Thursday, Pompeo said he told Trump that the United States should give the Saudis "a few more days" to complete their investigation into Khashoggi's case "so we can get a complete understanding" of the facts.
Saudi Arabia has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press over recent days over Khashoggi's disappearance. "It's very sad", Trump said when asked if he believed that Khashoggi is no longer alive.
Days later, Turkish officials said they believed he was killed in the building, an allegation that Saudi Arabia had, until now, strenuously denied.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It will have to be very severe. "It's bad, bad stuff". "But we'll see what happens".
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While Mr Trump has ramped up his criticisms of Saudi officials, he has also highlighted the kingdom's importance as a USA ally. Chancellor Angela Merkel signalled Sunday that Germany will suspend exports of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, and U.K.
Pompeo was also tight-lipped after meeting the Saudi leadership in Riyadh, telling journalists he did not want "to talk about any of the facts".
A Turkish forensic science team left the Saudi consul's Istanbul residence early Thursday morning after conducting a nine-hour sweep of the house and of consular vehicles, reports said. He said Saudi officials, including the crown prince and his father King Salman, had promised a transparent probe.
POMPEO: There are lots of stories out there about what has happened. "We're a little removed right now".
But Jiang says the administration does seem to be toughening its stance. On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced he's ditching a financial summit in Riyadh. Earlier in the week Jared Kushner reportedly told the President to stick with Mohammed bin Salman since worldwide attention to the incident would fade.
Pompeo would not speculate on Khashoggi's fate but said he told Prince Mohammed and other Saudi officials in Riyadh this week that the US does not "approve of extrajudicial killings".
The prominent journalist had written columns critical of the Saudi government while living in self-imposed exile in the U.S.
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"Government welcomes the ongoing diplomatic interaction between the Republic of Turkey and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the investigation which seeks to get to the bottom of this matter".