Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia lets Turkey search consulate

Posted October 11, 2018

His disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

It's been nearly a week since a prominent Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Flight records reportedly show the group flew into Istanbul on two private flights Tuesday, and the delegation was at the consulate at the same time as Khashoggi.

Writer Jamal Khashoggi, who had written critically about Prince Mohammed and the kingdom, vanished October 2 while on a trip to the consulate to get paperwork so he could be married to Cengiz.

Turkish officials have said The Washington Post contributor may have been killed inside the consulate, but they haven't offered any evidence.

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"Those who ask Turkish authorities where he is should first be asking 'how did this happen?'" Erdogan said during a press briefing in Hungary. "I don't like hearing about it", Trump told reporters at the White House. The Post, citing anonymous US officials familiar with the intelligence, said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him. The Saudi authorities, meanwhile, have strongly denied any involvement in his disappearance and say that he left the consulate soon after arriving.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since past year fearing possible arrest.

Khashoggi has been an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, causing him to leave his home country previous year to live in exile in the United States. Turkish investigators on Saturday concluded Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate, the Post reports.

"I don't think I'll be able to go home", he told the BBC, saying that in Saudi Arabia "the people who are arrested are not even dissidents" and saying he wished he had a platform at home to write and speak freely at this time of "great transformation" in his country.

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Pictures of Saudi journalist Khashoggi are placed on security barriers during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 8, 2018. "It's not possible for us to stay silent regarding an incident like this", Erdogan said.

"The request that America made to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries is to be sure that if there is any loss of supply from Iran, that we will supply that". He said that senior state officials have been in communication with Riyadh. Turkey had been seeking answers ever since they first summoned Riyadh's envoy to the ministry on Wednesday.

Britain is a close ally and trade partner of Saudi Arabia.

"We call for cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to make the findings public", United Nations human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva news briefing.

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Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia have been tense in recent months. Saudi officials said that he left shortly after, but his fiancée, who was waiting for him outside the building, said he had not come out.