That statement rankled members of Congress and former government officials who have accused Riyadh of trying to cover up the truth behind Khashoggi's death or hide any evidence that the kingdom, particularly the crown prince, authorized it.
"I have no reason to believe that they are not going to honor those commitments", said Mnuchin, who will meet Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih while in Riyadh. Now they say he died in a chokehold to prevent him from leaving the consulate to call for help.
Khashoggi, a prominent journalist and royal court insider for decades in Saudi Arabia, had written columns critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the kingdom's direction while living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. He went to the Saudi consulate to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage.
Turkish officials have told Reuters that Khashoggi's killers may have dumped his remains in Belgrad Forest adjacent to Istanbul, and at a rural location near the city of Yalova, 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Istanbul. Kirill Dmitriev, the chief executive of the state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund and a leading player in President Vladimir Putin's push to engage Saudi Arabia, has encouraged business leaders in fields ranging from petrochemicals to diamonds to banking to attend.
Turkish pro-government media has said the team interrogated, tortured and decapitated Khashoggi but a pro-government columnist Abdulkadir Selvi on Monday wrote in Hurriyet daily that Khashoggi was strangled to death before he was cut up into 15 pieces.
"This was an operation that was a rogue operation".
In his much-anticipated speech on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered the first on-the-record timeline of events surrounding the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "That is unacceptable to the government".
Turkish officials say the Turkish president and his American counterpart have spoken over the phone and discussed the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
He added: "The individuals who did this, did this outside the scope of their authority". "God willing, the results will be brought into the open, those responsible will be punished and no one will dare think of carrying out such a thing again".
He added: "We support the Turkish investigation into it and the British government will want to see people held to account for that death".
He also said that they did not know where the body was, and insisted the action was not ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seen as Saudi Arabia's most influential figure.
"I hope that Joe Kaeser will rethink this", the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), Andrea Nahles, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.
"If it weren't for the kindness of God I would have been (another) victim", Sharif said in a tweet.
Numerous U.S. lawmakers, including Trump's Republican colleagues, are calling for sanctions against the Saudis. The kingdom also said that 18 suspects were in custody and that intelligence officials had been fired.
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