Turkish newspaper names 15 Saudis in case of missing reporter

Turkish newspaper names 15 Saudis in case of missing reporter

With a letter to President Trump today, senators triggered a US government investigation required by human-rights law into what happened to a Saudi journalist who disappeared inside the kingdom's consulate in Turkey.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he talked to the Saudi leadership "more than once" since Khashoggi, a United States resident and Washington Post contributor, vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The worldwide implications of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance deepened after the "Washington Post" reported that USA intelligence was aware the Saudi government was planning to kidnap the journalist.

Khashoggi, a United States resident for about the past year, has written articles critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Khashoggi was last seen a week ago entering the consulate in Istanbul to get documents related to his forthcoming marriage.

He said, "How is it possible for a consulate, an embassy not to have security camera systems?"

Security camera footage released on Wednesday by Turkish television showed a man believed to be Khashoggi enter the consulate.

Al Jazeera also wondered why no official statements were issued by Saudi Arabia on the "Kingdom's keenness to protect the interest of its citizens". Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations, insisting he left the consulate on his own.

"To me, this is just one more reason why we should be very suspect about selling arms to the Saudis", Paul told Shannon Bream, host of 'Fox News @ Night.' "If they have the ability and also the audacity to go into another country and kill a journalist, these aren't the kind of people maybe that we want to be selling arms to".

Cengiz and Khashoggi met at a conference in May, where they soon "became emotionally involved and chose to marry", she said.

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Turkish spokesman Hami Aksoy said authorities are "open to cooperation" and willing to examine the consulate grounds, though it was not clear when a search would take place.

"There's a sense of entitlement, I hate to use the word, arrogance, that comes with dealing with them", said Sen.

Khashoggi's disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Cavusoglu spoke to reporters during a visit to London, after a delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived in Turkey for a joint investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

Emily Thornberry, Labour's so-called shadow foreign minister, told the BBC's Andrew Marr show that "the balance of evidence" suggested Saudi Arabia had killed the journalist. Turkish officials have said that they fear the team killed him.

Trump says nobody knows exactly what happened and expressed hope that Khashoggi is not dead.

Several sponsors and media groups have made a decision to pull out of this month's investment conference in Riyadh, dubbed Davos in the Desert, as a result of concerns over Khashoggi's fate. Donald Trump Vows "Severe Punishment" if Saudis Behind Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance.

The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi was a contributor, published a surveillance image Tuesday showing the Saudi reporter at the consulate. But Khashoggi's disappearance, and suspicions he may have been targeted over his criticism of the crown prince, have led several business leaders and media outlets to back out of an upcoming high-profile investment conference in Riyadh.

"The Saudi Consulate can not absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched", said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association.

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