Turkey demands convincing explanation on 'missing' Saudi journalist

  • Turkey demands convincing explanation on 'missing' Saudi journalist

Turkey demands convincing explanation on 'missing' Saudi journalist

Turkey summoned the Saudi ambassador on Sunday to request the kingdom's "full cooperation" in the investigation, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said.

Protesters gathered outside the Saudi consulate Monday demanding to know what had happened to Khashoggi.

Turkish officials have said that Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate.

"When this person enters, whose duty is it to prove that he left or not?"

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said this week that the kingdom would allow Turkey to search the consulate for Khashoggi. The fact that Khashoggi is a columnist for the Washington Post, which Trump consistently attacks, may have made it even less likely that Trump would make it clear he was concerned about the disappearance.

The programme has released audio of the conversation, saying that although it would not normally do so, it had decided to make an exception "in light of the circumstances".

What's been the reaction to the disappearance?

An official at Saudi Arabia's Consulate General in Istanbul has strongly dismissed reports that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed within the consulate, state-news agency SPA reported.

United Nations experts have also demanded a "prompt independent and global investigation" into his disappearance.

"We call for cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to make the findings public", United Nations human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva.

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.

"Jamal has many friends in the Kingdom, including myself", Khalid wrote.

When was he last seen? An investigation revealed that, on Tuesday morning, the day when Khashoggi was scheduled to return to the consulate, 12 Saudi officials arrived in Istanbul in two private jets, and went to the consulate.

"Mere words are not enough evidence" to dispute the allegations that Khashoggi had been killed, Erdogan said on Monday. It is very, very upsetting for us that it happened in our country.

American Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Tuesday "everything today points to" Khashoggi's murder last week inside the Saudi consulate.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters on Sunday evening that the authorities have started checking all security cameras and airport records, hours after a Turkish security source told Reuters that "Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate".

Turkish police were also looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped, local media reported.

Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate.

At least one American lawmaker, Democrat Senator Chris Murphy, said on Twitter, "If this is true - that the Saudis lured a U.S. resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia".

A high-profile critic of the crown prince, the 59 year old has more than 1.6 million Twitter followers and has written for the Washington Post opinion section.

Trump, whose first overseas trip as USA president was to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said Tuesday he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Khashoggi, "but I will be at some point". So far, senior USA administration officials have had little to say publicly on the matter, which is concerning.