Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey requests Saudi consulate search


Saudi Arabia is also unhappy about Ankara's growing proximity to the kingdom's Shiite rival, Iran.

Turkish officials told Reuters at the weekend they believed he had been killed inside the Saudi consulate.

Khashoggi had been critical of some of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen. Sources in Turkey believe that Khashoggi was killed in a state-sponsored murder after entering the consulate.

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", Cengiz wrote.

Turkish police said that 15 Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and entered the consulate while Khashoggi was inside. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to reassure its Western allies and the worldwide community.

No exact timeframe was given for when the search would take place. Turkey has said it will search the consulate for signs of what happened to Khashoggi, but has not said when it will do so.

"Forced disappearances are cases against human rights and we are here to condemn this crime committed against a journalist", Yurtsever said.

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The surveillance image, which the newspaper said it received from a "person close to the investigation", includes an October 2 time stamp of Khashoggi, 59, walking to the consulate's main entrance. Trump says: "It would be a very sad thing and we will probably know in the very short future". 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.

Trump said that U.S. economic success was due in part to "what we are doing with our defense systems", and added: "Frankly I think that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country."Investigation continuesTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters Thursday that Turkey "cannot remain silent" on the disappearance of Khashoggi".

"Just spoke to Senators Bob Corker and Ben Cardin about our shared concerns regarding the whereabouts and treatment of Mr Jamal Khashoggi", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted Monday.

Mr Erdogan was more circumspect, saying on Sunday he remained "positive" and would await the results of an investigation as Turkish authorities continue to look at camera footage and airport arrivals and departures.

"Deeply troubled to hear reports about Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi".

Trump, in an interview with the Fox News "Fox & Friends" program, also called U.S. -Saudi relations "excellent".

Trump visited Saudi Arabia on his first worldwide trip as president and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales. 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. But they appear in jeopardy by the suggestion of a carefully plotted murder of a Saudi government critic, Jamal Khashoggi.