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

Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist

Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist

Turkish authorities are examining motorway cameras in the search for a black van they believe carried the body of Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week - one of six cars investigators say belonged to a Saudi hit squad thought to be behind the suspected murder of the dissident journalist.

"When President Trump became president, we've changed our armament strategy again for the next 10 years to put more than 60% with the United States of America", he added. We look at the media and see various reports that make us think about it. "Deeply troubled to hear reports about Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi".

He said police were examining CCTV footage of entrances and exits at the consulate and Istanbul airport.

Graham, who played golf Sunday with Trump at the president's course in Sterling, Va., said that he had consulted with Senate Foreign Relations Committee members Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) over their "shared concerns regarding the whereabouts and treatment" of Khashoggi.

Aktay further said, "To insult the man who comes to the consulate and kill him at your home is one of the worst acts and gravest sins".

In an article published by Al-Jazeera this week, journalist and analyst Bill Law described Khashoggi as "a brilliant journalist with a fiercely independent mind but with sufficient pragmatism to know just how close to the red lines he could go".

Erdogan's comments were his most direct suggestion yet about potential Saudi culpability in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi has been critical of some of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen. "We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are following them closely", the official said.

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Mr Khashoggi was last seen visiting the consulate last week and Turkey says he may have been murdered there. Turkey, it said, must back up its conclusion Khashoggi was killed by making public any evidence it has. "We want to swiftly get results", he said, adding without explanation: "My expectation is still positive".

In his statement to CNN, the Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the USA said Saudi investigators are working with Turkish authorities to determine what happened to Kashoggi.

Saudi Arabia authorities said they have nothing to do with the journalist's disappearance.

Turkey's foreign ministry had also summoned the Saudi ambassador to urge "full cooperation" in the investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, the official Anadolu news agency said Monday.

Saudi Arabia, naturally, has denied any involvement.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud told Bloomberg on Friday that Khashoggi was not in the consulate, and his country is investigating. It could cause the US and Europe to reevaluate their relationships with Saudi Arabia, and with Turkish officials so enraged by this, it could trigger a more serious response.

In a March 6 Guardian editorial co-authored with Robert Lacey, he wrote: "For his domestic reform programme, the crown prince deserves praise".

What's next: Erdogan's statement today suggests he is not keen on escalating tensions with Saudi Arabia - at least for now - and that Ankara is inclined to await the official outcome of the probe into Khashoggi's disappearance before making a decisive diplomatic move.

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