New Turkey-Saudi 'working group' on Khashoggi

New Turkey-Saudi 'working group' on Khashoggi

Khashoggi's disappearance could put pressure on the Saudi crown prince, who has promoted an image of himself as a reformer and a reliable Western ally.

"Jamal has many friends in Saudi Arabia, and I am one of them", he said in a statement, saying the two had kept in touch while he was living overseas "despite differences".

Khashoggi went to the consulate to procure paperwork certifying that he had divorced his wife, in order to marry his fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, who is a Turkish national.

Saudi authorities have said they do not have security footage from that day.

The source said they were told Mr Khashoggi is still alive, contradicting the claims he was murdered in the Istanbul consulate.

Everything is very clear and Turkish police as well as the Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office and security services are doing their best to put all the details of the disappearance together.

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"They're spending $110 billion on military equipment", Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House.

Saudi officials talking to state media have said that the journalist left the consulate after his visit, denying the Turkish claims.

Trump said Saudi Arabia would instead buy weapons from Russian Federation and China.

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

The Connecticut Democrat says that if Saudi Arabia isn't telling the truth about Khashoggi, then "why would we believe them that they are not intentionally hitting civilians inside Yemen?"

The Arab21 news website reported that the author paid a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, but was told by officials at the time to return at a later date to complete an application related to a family matter. So, nobody is surprised to see that a Saudi journalist, who did not support the crown prince, would be punished in the most violent way.

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Trying to stay calm, I immediately called Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and one of Jamal's oldest friends. "It's not possible for us to stay silent regarding an incident like this", Erdogan said.

Mr Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media on Thursday as telling journalists - flying with him back home from a visit to Hungary - that "we can not remain silent to such an incident".

Turkey has requested a search of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, after saying that a journalist was murdered within its walls. We see it in Syria, we see it in Egypt, we see it in other ones.

A Turkish diplomatic source confirmed the Saudi envoy was "invited" to the ministry on Sunday in Ankara and was met by deputy foreign minister Sedat Onal. Saudi officials say he left shortly afterwards but Turkish officials and his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.

While a military conflict is not likely to arise between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, this new development will place more strain on the relationship, further complicating the already hard situation in the Middle East.

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