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Offbeat Erdogan, Trump step up pressure over missing Saudi journalist

15:52  11 october  2018
15:52  11 october  2018 Source:   msn.com

Jamal Khashoggi: Body of missing Saudi journalist was cut into pieces, Turkish official says

Jamal Khashoggi: Body of missing Saudi journalist was cut into pieces, Turkish official says The body of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was cut into pieces after he died two weeks ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official told CNN on Tuesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The claim, which was first made to the New York Times earlier in the investigation, comes after Turkish officials searched the consulate for nine hours on Monday night.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up pressure on Saudi Arabia in a dispute that has deepened tensions between the two regional powers, challenging Riyadh to prove that a missing journalist had left the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate alive.

BUDAPEST/ANKARA, WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on Riyadh to prove its claim that Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since last week, left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Saudi Arabia to release footage of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and President Donald Trump demanded answers over his fate, as the kingdom faced growing pressure Thursday to provide a convincing explanation for his disappearance.

The Washington Post, the daily to which Khashoggi was a contributor, added to the mystery by reporting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered an operation to "lure" the critical journalist back home.

Erdogan urges Saudi Arabia to 'prove' missing journalist left consulate

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Trump : Concerned about missing WaPo journalist 01:47. "I have to find out who did it," Trump said. "People saw him go in but they didn't see him come out." The scaled up pressure came after members of Congress demanded the administration confront Saudi Arabia, a major US security and

UK FM Hunt bashes Saudis over fate of missing Saudi journalist . Violence against journalists worldwide is going up & is a grave threat to freedom of expression. US President Donald Trump says he is concerned about the disappearance of a Saudi journalist in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey.

Khashoggi has not been seen since October 2 when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage. Turkish officials quoted in media have said he was killed but Riyadh denies that.

The mystery has captivated the world but also threatens to harm brittle Turkish-Saudi relations and hurt efforts by the crown prince to improve the image of his country with a reform drive.

Erdogan challenged Saudi Arabia to provide CCTV images to back up its version that Khashoggi had left the consulate safely, indicating he did not find the current Saudi explanations sufficient.

CCTV video from Istanbul's Ataturk airport made available by Turkish Newspaper Sabah allegedly shows suspects in the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi© Provided by AFP CCTV video from Istanbul's Ataturk airport made available by Turkish Newspaper Sabah allegedly shows suspects in the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

"Is it possible there were no camera systems in a consulate, in an embassy? Is it possible that there was no Saudi camera system where this incident took place?" Erdogan told Turkish reporters in comments published in newspapers.

Fiancée of missing Saudi journalist asks Trump for help in op-ed

  Fiancée of missing Saudi journalist asks Trump for help in op-ed Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée implored President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump "to help shed light on" his disappearance in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Tuesday evening. Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist, vanished October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. As a columnist for the Post, Khashoggi was a frequent critic of the Saudi regime. On Saturday, Turkish officials told the Post that Khashoggi had been killed at the Saudi consulate. CNN has not been able to independently confirm these reports, and the Saudi government has denied them.

A demonstrator holds a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest at the Saudi Arabians consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5 2018. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he was closely following the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish

US President Donald Trump expressed concern on Monday over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the Saudi consulate to prove whether or not Khashoggi exited the building after entering, saying the

"If a bird flew, or a fly or a mosquito appeared, the systems would capture this; they (Saudi Arabia) have the most cutting-edge systems," he was quoted as saying.

The consulate said CCTV cameras were not working that day and dismissed the murder claims as "baseless".

- 'Demanding everything' -

The case is also threatening the strong relationship the Trump administration has built with Prince Mohammed, who wants to turn the oil-rich conservative kingdom into a hub for innovation and reform.

The two sides have worked together on challenging Iran despite growing concern over the prince's campaign against dissidents, which critics say has shown up the true face of his rule.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing on October 2© Provided by AFP Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing on October 2

In a reversal from Washington's initial low-key response, Trump demanded answers after he spoke to Saudi authorities "at the highest level".

Turkey denies Trump claim US investigators working on missing Saudi case

  Turkey denies Trump claim US investigators working on missing Saudi case Turkey on Thursday denied a claim by US President Donald Trump that American investigators were working with both Ankara and Riyadh to probe the disappearance in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "The information that the United States has tasked investigators over the Khashoggi case is not correct," said a Turkish diplomatic source quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency. Trump earlier said "we have investigators over there and we're working with Turkey and frankly we're working with Saudi Arabia".

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has yet to speak to Saudi officials about the case of a Saudi journalist who went missing in Turkey last week. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for Saudi officials to prove their contention that Khashoggi left the consulate as most accounts

Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. A government source has told me President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is sounding more cautious than the leaks, because if he were to echo the allegations that Mr Khashoggi

"We're demanding everything. We want to see what's going on there," he said. Trump later told "Fox News at Night" that "it would not be a good thing at all" if Saudi involvement was proven.

Khashoggi is a former government adviser who fled Saudi Arabia in September 2017 and lived in the US fearing arrest back home.

In his columns for the Washington Post and comments elsewhere, Khashoggi was critical of some policies of Mohammed bin Salman as well as Riyadh's role in the war in Yemen.

Demonstrators staged protests outside the Saudi embassy in Washington to demand justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi© Provided by AFP Demonstrators staged protests outside the Saudi embassy in Washington to demand justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

- 'Cannot remain silent' -

While unnamed Turkish officials quoted in the media have been giving sometimes macabre details of the alleged murder, Erdogan has so far been more circumspect.

He has said Saudi Arabia must prove its version of events but so far has stopped short of directly accusing the kingdom or laying the blame on the powerful crown prince.

"It's not possible for us to stay silent regarding an incident like this," Erdogan said.

Trump will call Saudi king over missing journalist Khashoggi

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🇺🇸 🇸🇦 US steps up pressure on Saudi over Khashoggi's disappearance l Inside story - Продолжительность: 26:01 Al Jazeera English 11 391 просмотр. Saudi journalist missing in Turkey after mysterious disappearance - Продолжительность: 4:18 RT UK 476 просмотров.

President Erdoğan has stepped up calls for Riyadh to explain what happened to Khashoggi. Nearly a week since Khashoggi disappeared, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stepped up his calls for Riyadh to Disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi – timeline. Dissident went missing after visiting

He added that it would "not be right" to comment yet but said he had "concerns".

Details of the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi© Provided by AFP Details of the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Ankara and Riyadh have worked over recent years to maintain cordial relations despite disputes on key issues, such as the ousting of the Islamist Egyptian government and the blockade on Turkey's key regional ally Qatar.

Friends of Khashoggi told the Washington Post that for several months, senior Saudi officials were offering him protection, "even a high-level job working for the government" if the critic returned to the kingdom. Khashoggi was sceptical of such offers.

Following the Washington Post report, State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said the US "had no advanced knowledge of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance".

Turkish police are looking into a team of 15 Saudis who they say were at the consulate at the same time as Khashoggi and arrived in Istanbul on October 2 on board two private planes. Turkish media have said the 15 were an "assassination team" and that they took the consulate's footage with them.

After images of the men and their names were published by pro-government Sabah daily, media identified most of them as senior figures in Riyadh or close to the crown prince.

Turkish police are also analysing CCTV footage which showed a vehicle that went inside the consulate and then to the consul-general's residence nearby after 1200 GMT, two hours after Khashoggi had entered the mission.

Turkish authorities have been given permission to search the consulate -- Saudi sovereign territory -- but it has not yet taken place.

US President Donald Trump is taking © Provided by AFP US President Donald Trump is taking "a very serious look" at at the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi king, Turkish president hold call on Jamal Khashoggi .
Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have spoken by telephone over the disappearance and alleged killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. State-run news agencies in both Saudi Arabia and Turkey acknowledged Sunday night's call.Turkey said Erdogan "stressed forming a joint working group to probe the case."Saudi Arabia meanwhile said King Salman thanked Erdogan "for welcoming the kingdom's proposal" for forming the working group.The king also said Turkey and Saudi Arabia enjoy close relations and "that no one will get to undermine the strength of this relationship."Khashoggi disappeared Oct.

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