Turkey's president says he hopes Saudi writer OK

Turkey's president says he hopes Saudi writer OK

Turkey's president says he hopes Saudi writer OK

Protesters hold pictures of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration organized by Turkish-Arabic Media Association.

Erdogan told reporters that authorities were looking into all camera records and monitoring incoming and outgoing airport transits, but added that Turkey would await the results of the prosecutor's investigation before going into more detail.

Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, 59, vanished after an appointment with Saudi officials on Tuesday.

"The Saudis are saying we can come investigate, but they have of course disposed of the body", he said, adding that he believed Saudi statements about a lack of footage from security cameras were insincere. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", anonymous sources told both Reuters and the Associated Press.

Mr Khashoggi said he had been banned from writing from the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, owned by Saudi Arabia's Prince Khaled bin Sultan al-Saud.

Saudi Arabia has rejected the accusations regarding the journalist, who has been missing for six days, and allowed investigators and members of the press to search the building. He said he believes Turkish officials soon will announce the findings of their investigation.

Turkey has concluded that Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent journalist from Saudi Arabia, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this week by a Saudi team sent "specifically for the murder", two people with knowledge of the probe said on Saturday.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Riyadh "will pay nothing" to the United States for the kingdom's "security", in rebuttal to US President Donald Trump who recently said King Salman would not last in power "for two weeks" without US military support. "Jamal was not killed and I do not believe he was killed", Hatice Cengiz posted.

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On Wednesday, the Turkish foreign ministry summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador and asked for an explanation about the disappearance.

"It would likely trigger a diplomatic crisis with Turkey as well as play into a narrative in (Washington) DC that views Saudi Arabia under MBS as prone to seemingly reckless gambits with little apparent thought for the consequences, be it the blockade of Qatar, the detention of Saad Hariri, the rupture with Canada, to say nothing of the war in Yemen".

"We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are following them closely", the official said.

Khashoggi, who writes for The Washington Post's Global Opinions section, visited the consulate Tuesday to obtain documents related to his upcoming wedding, according to his fiancée and friends.

The Saudi crown prince downplayed any apparent rift with the United States leader and said relations between the two allies remain strong. The consulate is Saudi sovereign territory.

"He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom". Initially stunned into silence, or curbed by their political masters, officials had initially remained mute as questions about Khashoggi's disappearance mounted.

In addition, Mr Khashoggi has criticised Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen, where Riyadh is supporting the government in its war with rebels backed by Iran.

On Saturday Saudi Arabia's consul-general in Istanbul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, opened up his mission to Reuters to show that Khashoggi was not on the premises, and said talk of his abduction was groundless.

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