Erdogan asks Riyadh to 'prove' journalist left consulate

Journalist's Disappearance Forces Trump's Hand on Saudi Arabia

The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "very concerned" about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and violence against other journalists.

OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS/NewscomNearly a week after the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, suspicions are rising that the regime in Riyadh has silenced him.

"If Khashoggi was indeed murdered inside a diplomatic facility, it is an act of terror that echoes Russian and Chinese tactics of extraterritorial, extrajudicial attacks on dissidents, meant to intimidate any who would speak out against the Saudi government, no matter where they may be, and giving the lie to official narratives of "reform" in Saudi Arabia", said Summer Lopez, PEN America's senior director of free expression programs.

Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cell phone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2011.

Erdogan said Turkish police and intelligence were investigating the case.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he's personally "chasing" the investigation into the disappearance of his friend, and that Turkish officials are investigating "everything".

Turkish officials have said Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate after entering it on October 2 and that his body was later taken away, without providing evidence.

The growing dispute over his fate threatens relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and raises new questions about the kingdom and the actions of its assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who had faced criticism in Mr Khashoggi's columns.

The Washington Post columnist went missing a week ago after he went into the Saudi consulate building to get marriage paperwork but never came out.

Ankara and Riyadh have given contradictory versions of the circumstances of Khashoggi's disappearance, with Turkish officials saying they believed he was still inside the consultate.

USA officials have stated that they are following this case closely.

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The European Union is adding its weight to worldwide demands for official clarifications about what happened to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Donald Trump commented on the disappearance in his press conference yesterday, saying "I do nor like it" and expressing hope that the issue will "sort itself out".

Turkish authorities asked on Monday that Saudi Arabia search the consulate.

On Wednesday, the Post published a column by Cengiz, who said her fiance first visited the consulate on September 28 "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger".

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner maintains close personal ties with the crown prince.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and a contributor to The Washington Post, went into exile past year when Saudi authorities began to crack down on dissident voices.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that USA intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi.

"We don't know what has happened to him".

The former government adviser, who turns 60 on October 13, has lived in the United States since previous year to avoid possible arrest. Saudi Arabia, a Sunni Muslim power, is also annoyed by Ankara's rapprochement with the kingdom's Shiite archrival, Iran. "A team of 15 Saudis arrived on two planes to carry out the killing, officials have said", "The Washington Post" reported.

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, says in an interview with Bloomberg that the Turkish authorities are welcome to search the consulate building in Istanbul.

In his writings for the Washington Post, the Saudi commentator had slammed the Saudi regime policies towards Qatar and Canada, the war in Yemen, and a crackdown on dissent and the media in the kingdom.

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