Saudi journalist's disappearance threatens Turkey-Saudi ties

Turkey demands convincing explanation on 'missing' Saudi journalist

Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed - The Jakarta Post

"If the search is carried out a week after the incident, everyone knows that all traces would have been cleared by now", Turkish political scientist Ahmet Kasim Han told DW.

Khashoggi went to the consulate to procure paperwork certifying that he had divorced his wife, in order to marry his fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, who is a Turkish national.

Mr Khashoggi, a United States resident and critic of the Saudi monarchy, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and has not been seen since. Saudi authorities have called the allegation "baseless".

Fears are growing over the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who Turkish officials say they believe was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week.

The public outcry in the wake of Khashoggi's disappearance will likely spur more diplomatic pressure on the Kingdom. "Don't you have cameras and other things?" She said he had been "somewhat concerned that he could be in danger" when making his first visit September 28 but had been encouraged by a "positive" first meeting with consular staff. "They have all of them". Then why do you not prove this?

Relations between Ankara and Riyadh have been strained over Turkey's support for Qatar in its yearlong dispute with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's sympathetic attitude toward the Muslim Brotherhood, which Riyadh considers to be a terrorist organization. He had been living in the United States since a year ago, in self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shown little tolerance for criticism.

Donald Trump has taken a more cautious approach, expressing concern but refraining from any strong comments against the oil-rich kingdom.

"See, when I hear about an arrest of my friend who did nothing that worth to be arrested make me feel that I should not go home. And hopefully, that will sort itself out", Trump said.

"There's some pretty bad stories about it", Trump added.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), for one, was at least calling for an explanation from the Saudis on Tuesday, which Trump had failed to do. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow-up call with the crown prince to reiterate the US request for information and a thorough, transparent investigation.

"The Saudi Consulate can not absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched", said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association. They left for Riyadh, the Saudi capital, the same day.

"We agree that if there was any truth to the allegations of wrongdoing by the Saudi government it would be devastating to the US-Saudi relationship and there will be a heavy price to be paid - economically and otherwise", Graham tweeted.

Later on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that USA intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi, citing a source familiar with the situation.

In this photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on durina a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama.

"I have raised Jamal's disappearance personally with the Saudi ambassador, and while we await more information, know we will respond accordingly to any state that targets journalists overseas", he wrote.

Turkey has asked for permission to search Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, broadcaster NTV said on Monday. "The Kingdom is concerned with the safety and well-being of its citizens wherever they are, and that relevant authorities in the Kingdom are diligently following up on this matter to uncover the complete facts", the statement continued.

In a meeting Sunday night with The Post's publisher, Fred Ryan, the ambassador said it was "impossible" that such a crime could be covered up by consulate employees "and we wouldn't know about it".

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