Turkish authorities to search Saudi consulate after dissident journalist vanishes

Turkish authorities to search Saudi consulate after dissident journalist vanishes

Turkish authorities to search Saudi consulate after dissident journalist vanishes

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments appear aimed at slowly intensifying the criticism while balancing the need to maintain the kingdom's investments in Turkey and relations on other issues. Khashoggi also is a Washington Post contributor.

He had been living in the United States since previous year, in self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shown little tolerance for criticism. "‎As the President has conveyed, the United States is concerned by his disappearance".

Pictures of Saudi journalist Khashoggi are placed on security barriers during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 8, 2018. This is a claim denied by the Gulf kingdom's officials.

Turkey can not remain silent over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper on Thursday, adding Turkey is investigating all aspects of the case.

Mr Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to collect divorce papers relating to his previous marriage, leaving his fiancee with his Saudi phone on the street outside. Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed US intelligence on the case, said it was likely that Khashoggi was killed the day he walked into the consulate.

President Donald Trump says the United States is being "very tough" as it tries to find out what's happened to a Saudi writer who's been missing for a week after he went into a Saudi consulate in Turkey. But after three hours I was overcome with fear and concern. "I don't like hearing about it", Trump told reporters at the White House. "Hopefully, that will sort itself out. Right now nobody knows anything about it".

Khashoggi has been a critic of Saudi policy, especially its intervention in Yemen's brutal civil war, under the crown prince.

Vice President Mike Pence echoed the president's remarks and said the global community "deserves answers".

The Arab21 news website reported that the author paid a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, but was told by officials at the time to return at a later date to complete an application related to a family matter. "If true, this is a tragic day", Pence wrote on Twitter. "We want to get to the bottom of it".

The Saudis have offered no surveillance footage or evidence to corroborate their claims, nor have Turkish authorities offered proof to show why they believe the columnists was killed there. "We hope that he is safe and that we can hear from him soon". "And - but let me just say these are senior Foreign Service officers that have had full careers, and we're confident in our team's ability", he said.

She said Mr Khashoggi had been required to surrender his mobile phone, which is standard practice in some diplomatic missions.

"The consulate building will be searched in the framework of the investigation", Aksoy said in a written statement.

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

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