Trump says U.S. looking into Saudi journalist’s disappearance in Turkey

Trump says U.S. looking into Saudi journalist’s disappearance in Turkey

Trump says U.S. looking into Saudi journalist’s disappearance in Turkey

Fully aware that the Saudi government did not take kindly to its critics, Khashoggi turned down this offer.

The country has indicated it would allow Turkish authorities to carry out a search of the consulate.

A United Nations human rights expert has said the investigation into the disappearance of a Saudi journalist in Turkey "should not be politicized", insisting the case has created a dilemma for the Turkish government. When asked if he would consider blocking US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Trump said that would hurt the United States, citing such deals as a big part of a booming USA economy.

Saudi Arabia has called the allegations "baseless" and said that Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, but didn't offer any evidence. Kushner has actively cultivated Mohammed bin Salman as a key ally, praising the young leader, dining with him in Washington and Riyadh and hosting one-on-one phone calls with him outside of normal diplomatic channels. Saudi Arabia denies this.

On Thursday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expressed worries about Khashoggi's disappearance, saying Ankara could not be silent over the incident.

The Turkish newspaper also published the names, faces, and years of birth of each of the 15 intelligence team members.

Saffuri said he asked Khashoggi if he would return.

It is said some of the men went into the Saudi consulate before Mr Khashoggi. The reports did not cite a source and there was no official confirmation of the claim. By 11 p.m., another seven left by the other private plane, heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, similarly remaining there overnight and then flying on to Riyadh the next day, according to reports.

It said that the circumstances around Khashoggi's disappearance "suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally-recognised human rights", including torture or killing.

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

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"How is it possible for a consulate, an embassy not to have security camera systems?" A day earlier, the state department called for Saudi Arabia to conduct a thorough probe into the case.

"In most cases, their arrests have never been officially confirmed and no official has ever said where they are being held or what they are charged with", RSF, which defends press freedom around the world, said in a statement.

The New York Times referenced two sources with knowledge of the investigation as saying a 15-member delegation of men which arrived from Saudi Arabia was waiting for Khashoggi when he entered the consulate.

"It's a very sad situation, it's a very bad situation and we want to get to the bottom of it", said the president. "And they should be cooperating with us".

Mr Trump, who took his first overseas trip as U.S. president to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Khashoggi.

US Senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump late Wednesday demanding he take action against Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi last week. "They are spending 110 billion on military equipment", Trump said, referring to proposed sales announced in May 2017 when he went to Saudi Arabia in the first overseas trip of his presidency.

Reports about the US appointing investigator over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are untrue, said Turkish diplomatic sources on Thursday.

The president did not provide details on a USA investigation.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said it's looking more and more likely that Saudi Arabia killed a journalist who has been missing since last week. We can't let this happen, ' Trump said. "We will probably know in the very short future".

"Frankly I think that would be a very very tough pill to swallow for our country". The administration's Middle East agenda heavily depends on the Saudis, including efforts to counter Iranian influence in the region, fight extremism and build support for an expected plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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