Jamal Khashoggi: Trump condemns Saudi writer's disappearance

11 October, 2018, 14:40 | Author: Sheila Harris
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The Saudis praised "the brotherly Turkish government" for accepting a request to send a "security delegation of Saudi investigators" to assist in the inquiry into Khashoggi's disappearance.

"We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation", he said.

But the ministry did not provide a timeline when that might happen.

The image was given to the Post by someone close to the Turkish investigation and released by the United States daily soon after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the Saudis to prove he left the consulate unharmed. Turkey's forensic analysis examined all the CCTV footage for the consulate entrances and exits, for the area around the consulate, and at the airport, and could find no sign of Khashoggi.

Last week, Jamal Khashoggi went missing while visiting the Saudi Arabian consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

In addition, Saudi media are claiming that the woman named "Khadijah" is "promoting herself as Jamal's fiancé", but is not known to Jamal's family and she is not his fiancé.

The report by the Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of the men apparently taken at passport control.

Turkish officials say they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, and that a group of 15 Saudi nationals were involved in the murder.

"We're not leading by example, and so whenever we make condemnations of other country's anti-press behavior, it may seem like hollow words", Ewen said.

Saudi Arabia, which has denied the accusations, is under huge worldwide pressure, including from the USA and the European Union, to support a "thorough and open" probe into the journalist's disappearance.

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Yemeni Nobel Prize victor Tawakkol Karman, centre, participates at a demonstration for Khashoggi that was organized by the Turkish-Arabic Media Association in front of the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on Friday. "Hopefully that will sort itself out". Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar a year ago in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

Reuters news agency quoted a Turkish official in an interview with local NTV channel as saying: "Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador in Ankara again on Sunday".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said last week that Riyadh was "ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises", because it had "nothing to hide" about the missing journalist. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying, 'He has left, '" Erdogan said Monday on a visit to Budapest.

Erdogan was informed of the conclusions Saturday, the Times reported, citing unnamed sources - and he has since dispatched officials to anonymously tell news outlets, including the Times.

Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed, an allegation dismissed as "baseless" by Saudi Arabia.

"His criticism, voiced over the past year, most surely rankles Mohammed bin Salman, who was elevated to crown prince last year and has carried out a wide-ranging campaign to silence dissent while trying to modernize the kingdom", the Post editorial read. Saudi Arabia is also unhappy about Ankara's growing proximity to the kingdom's Shiite rival, Iran.

"That's how we are becoming in Saudi Arabia..."

"Right now nobody knows anything about it".

The UK has extensive commercial and military links with Saudi and will be reluctant to cause long-term damage to the relationship, but it also has strong links with the Turkish government.

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