Saudi Arabia opens up consulate after journalist vanishes

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was closely following the case and that officials were examining camera footage and airport records as part of their investigation into the disappearance.

"God willing, we will not be faced with a situation we do not want".

Turkish officials said Mr Khashoggi was killed on the premises and his body was then removed.

The sources did not say how they believed the killing was carried out.

Saudi police officers came to the consulate building on Sunday, and stayed inside for two hours, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent on the ground.

FILE - In this January 29, 2011 file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The same statement also said a security delegation had arrived in Istanbul on Saturday to join the investigation into disappearance of Khashoggi.

"We are aware of and concerned by these reports".

His disappearance has threatened to upend already-fraught relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and it raises new questions about the kingdom and the actions of its assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom Khashoggi wrote critically about in his columns.

His criticisms appeared in both the Arab and Western press.

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Khashoggi, 59, who was once close to the Saudi royal family and has served as an adviser for senior Saudi officials, left the country previous year to live in the USA in self-imposed exile, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

"There is concrete information; it will not remain an unsolved case", said Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, in a Sunday interview with CNN Turk.

"His friends had warned him, 'Don't go there, it is not safe, ' but he said they could not do anything to him in Turkey", said Aktay. Leading Republican and Democratic lawmakers issued notes of alarm over the reports of Khashoggi's death and threatened repercussions if they are true. Speaking to Bloomberg on Friday, the Crown Prince said that the journalist left the consulate and Turkish authorities could search the building. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar previous year in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

The Washington Post called the murder claims a "monstrous and unfathomable act". "We hope this has not now spread overseas".

"He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom".

"It would likely trigger a diplomatic crisis with Turkey as well as play into a narrative in (Washington) DC that views Saudi Arabia under MBS as prone to seemingly reckless gambits with little apparent thought for the consequences, be it the blockade of Qatar, the detention of Saad Hariri, the rupture with Canada, to say nothing of the war in Yemen".

Prince Mohammed - commonly known as MBS - was also the subject of criticism in November 2017 when he was accused of placing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri under house arrest in Riyadh.

Later, in 2003, he was forced to resign as editor-in-chief of the Saudi daily al Watan, after the authorities decided he had become too progressive.

He has also criticized Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen, where Riyadh leads a military coalition fighting alongside the government in its war with Iran-backed rebels.

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