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Turkey demands convincing explanation on 'missing' Saudi journalist

Turkey demands convincing explanation on 'missing' Saudi journalist

The fiancee of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday asked President Donald Trump to help uncover what happened to the Riyadh critic who she said had "been fighting for his principles".

Turkish officials have not stated how they determined that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate.

A report Monday in the daily newspaper Sabah said investigators were also focused on a convoy of diplomatic vehicles that departed from the consulate on the day Khashoggi vanished.

Relations between Ankara and Riyadh have been strained over Turkey's support for Qatar in its yearlong dispute with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's sympathetic attitude toward the Muslim Brotherhood, which Riyadh considers to be a terrorist organization.

The Saudis have offered no surveillance footage or evidence to corroborate their claims, nor have Turkish authorities offered proof to show why they believe the columnists was killed there.

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old veteran journalist who has lived in self-imposed exile in the USA since Prince Mohammed's rise to power, disappeared October 2 while on a visit to the consulate to get paperwork done to be married to his Turkish fiancée.

Hatice Cengiz told the Washington Post that she left him at the entrance around 1 p.m. that day and hasn't seen him since.

"Is it possible for there to be no camera systems at the Saudi Arabia consulate, where the event took place?", Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet.

The two Turkish sources told Reuters on Saturday that Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi was deliberately killed inside the consulate, a view echoed by one of Erdogan's advisers, Yasin Aktay, who is a friend of the Saudi journalist. He entered the consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. "As the president of the Turkish Republic I am following it, chasing it and, whatever conclusions come from here, we will inform the world about it", he said.

It has allowed journalists into the consulate to show Mr Khashoggi is not there, reportedly even opening cupboards.

He said Turkish 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. "And hopefully, that will sort itself out", Trump said. Fearing for his life, Khashoggi has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for the a year ago. So far, senior USA administration officials have had little to say publicly on the matter, which is concerning.

As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticism of its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving.

Turkish security forces searched a private Saudi plane on the day that journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, but did not find any trace of him, the Turkish Anadolu agency reported on Tuesday.

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But she said the situation was "very grave" and "may lead to a break in Turkey-Saudi relations".

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 US ever warned Khashoggi of the threat he faced. The reports did not cite a source and there was no official confirmation. The consulate insists Khashoggi left its premises, contradicting Turkish officials.

"Right now nobody knows anything about it".

What happened? A journalist and prominent critic of the Saudi government has gone missing.

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