Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed

Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed

Where in the world is Jamal Khashoggi? Riyadh denies that and claims he left the compound on his own.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Saudi officials must prove that Khashoggi had indeed left the mission.

"At the moment there are certain people who arrived from Saudi Arabia".

Three days before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing he said Saudi Arabia does not arrest "dissidents" but those with "independent minds".

Erdogan said he was personally following the issue, without saying what he believed had happened to Khashoggi.

Turkish officials have said they believe that he was killed by Saudi agents inside the consulate.

Trump's comments coincided with a vehement denial from Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, who said claims that Khashoggi had been killed or detained by Saudi authorities were "absolutely false, and baseless", according to a statement obtained by CNN.

The image released on Tuesday bore a date and date stamp. "We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are following them closely", the offcial said.

The door Mr Khashoggi walked through appeared to be the main entrance of the consulate in Istanbul's 4th Levent neighbourhood.

Prior to an interview with BBC Newshour in London, he said that he does not think he would ever be able to go back to Saudi Arabia. She says she never saw him re-emerge. Security camera footage shows boxes being loaded into the van, which carried diplomatic number plates.

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Reuters' Turkish sources did not say how they thought Khashoggi was killed. However, they have failed to provide any proof that the journalist left.

He visited the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documentation to finalize his divorce; his Turkish fiancée waited for him outside the building, and reported him missing after he didn't return.

He had been living since previous year in the a self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman.

The Washington Post editorial board said Sunday that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States "bear inescapable responsibility" to act in response to Khashoggi's disappearance.

That kind of big-time money is essential to the crown prince's ambitious plans to develop the kingdom, to diversify the economy beyond the oil.

"Now when this person enters, whose duty is it to prove that he left or not?" Erdogan said of the consular officials at a news conference in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. "Don't you have cameras and other things?" Then why do you not prove this?

The ambassador was called to the ministry in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Sunday, the agency said.

The fact is, Saudi Arabia is central to the Trump administration's policy in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia was his first destination as president. Turkey sent food to Qatar and deployed troops at its military base there. The bigger question in some ways for Saudi Arabia is, what impact does this have on foreign businesses looking to or had been thinking about investing in the kingdom?

The Turkish government is looking into Khashoggi's disappearance.

US President Donald Trump said he was "concerned" about the reports of Khashoggi's murder. "I don't like hearing about it and hopefully that will sort itself out".

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