Saudi team ar­rives in Turkey for Khashoggi in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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IS­TAN­BUL: A del­e­ga­tion from Saudi Ara­bia has ar­rived in Turkey as part of a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­ap­pear­ance of prom­i­nent Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi, three Turk­ish sources said on Fri­day.

A Saudi source also said a se­nior royal, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, vis­ited Turkey on Thurs­day for talks. Later the same day Turkey said the two coun­tries had agreed to form a joint work­ing group - at Riyadh’s ini­tia­tive - to in­ves­ti­gate the case.

Khashoggi en­tered the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oct. 2 to get doc­u­ments for his forth­com­ing mar­riage. Saudi of­fi­cials say he left shortly af­ter­wards but Turk­ish of­fi­cials and his fi­ancee, who was wait­ing out­side, said he never came out.

Turk­ish sources have told Reuters the ini­tial as­sess­ment of the po­lice was that Khashoggi, an out­spo­ken critic of the Saudi govern­ment, was de­lib­er­ately killed in­side the con­sulate. Riyadh has dis­missed the al­le­ga­tions as base­less.

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