Tur­key tells Saudis to prove miss­ing jour­nal­ist left con­sulate

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BU­DAPEST/ANKARA, WASH­ING­TON - Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Tayyip Er­do­gan on Mon­day called on Riyadh to prove its claim that Saudi Ara­bian jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi, who has been miss­ing since last week, left the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, while the Wash­ing­ton called on Saudi Ara­bia to sup­port an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his dis­ap­pear­ance.

The dis­ap­pear­ance of Khashoggi, pre­vi­ously a prom­i­nent news­pa­per editor in Saudi Ara­bia and an ad­viser to its for­mer head of in­tel­li­gence, has sparked global con­cern, par­tic­u­larly af­ter Turk­ish sources said over the week­end that au­thor­i­ties be­lieved he was killed in­side the con­sulate. Khashoggi left Saudi Ara­bia last year, say­ing he feared ret­ri­bu­tion for his crit­i­cism of Saudi pol­icy in the Ye­men war and its crack­down on dis­sent. He en­tered the con­sulate in Is­tan­bul last Tues­day to get doc­u­ments for his forth­com­ing mar­riage. Saudi of­fi­cials have said that he left shortly af­ter­wards but his fi­ancée, who was wait­ing out­side, said he never ap­peared. “We have to get an out­come from this in­ves­ti­ga­tion as soon as pos­si­ble. The con­sulate of­fi­cials can­not save them­selves by sim­ply say­ing ‘he has left,’” Er­do­gan told a news con­fer­ence in Bu­dapest, where he is on an of­fi­cial visit. A Saudi source at the con­sulate has de­nied that Khashoggi had been killed at the mis­sion and said that the ac­cu­sa­tions were base­less. The con­sulate has also de­nied that Khashoggi was ab­ducted. Saudi Am­bas­sador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Sal­man, the Saudi Crown Prince’s brother, echoed these com­ments in a state­ment, adding that his coun­try has sent a se­cu­rity team, with Tur­key’s ap­proval, to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, in the first ex­pres­sion of con­cern by his ad­min­is­tra­tion on Khashoggi’s dis­ap­pear­ance, said he was trou­bled by re­ports about the jour­nal­ist’s fate. U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo ad­mit­ted the con­flict­ing re­ports about the safety and where­abouts of Khashoggi. He said that se­nior state of­fi­cials have been in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Riyadh. “We call on the govern­ment of Saudi Ara­bia to sup­port a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Khashoggi’s dis­ap­pear­ance and to be trans­par­ent about the re­sults of that in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

Don­ald Trump

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