U.S. Is Looking Into Case Of Missing Saudi Writer

U.S. Is Looking Into Case Of Missing Saudi Writer

The Saudis have called allegations of any involvement in his disappearance "baseless", but had no immediate comment on Turkey's announcement that it will search the consulate.

The Washington Post columnist and gadfly to the Saudi royal family disappeared a week ago after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to settle some paperwork.

The private DHA agency said the planes, which it identified as two Gulfstream jets belonging to a Riyadh-based company, landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on the day Khashoggi vanished.

Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz said he entered the consulate at around 1 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) on October 2, as she accompanied him but waited outside. Erdogan said, according to Hurriyet daily.

Turkish officials say Mr Khashoggi was killed on the premises and his body was then removed.

The suspects reportedly left the area with two cars whose license plates could be read by the police.

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

Saudi officials meant to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post reported the source as saying, but it was unclear what they meant to do with him - and whether the USA ever warned Khashoggi of the threat he faced.

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Cengiz urged Saudi Arabia, "especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate". US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said officials have taken up the matter with their Saudi counterparts. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar previous year in a show of support after its Gulf neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha. But if Khashoggi is dead, the Saudi government certainly had a motive to kill him.

Later on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that US intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi, citing a source familiar with the situation.

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The interview briefly touched on the Khashoggi case, with the crown prince stating he had no knowledge of the journalist's fate or whereabouts and that he had left the Istanbul consulate.

Saudi Arabia insists Khashoggi exited the consulate after a brief visit. "I mean, you're affecting us and, you know, they're always quick to jump that way".

"The request that America made to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries is to be sure that if there is any loss of supply from Iran, that we will supply that". "And we have investigators over there and we're working with Turkey, and frankly we're working with Saudi Arabia". Riyadh's envoy in Ankara was first called to the ministry on Wednesday.

"He went in and didn't come out", Trump told the Fox & Friends news talk show.

"Because if he was alive, Saudis would provide evidence that he is alive", Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tells CNN.

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