Saudi Arabia denies 'baseless' reports of Turkish ambassador's expulsion

Saudi Arabia denies 'baseless' reports of Turkish ambassador's expulsion

The prince promised social and economic reform, but Khashoggi pointed to the escalating crackdown on dissent voices and the media in Saudi Arabia.

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.

Saudi Arabia has called the allegations that it killed writer Jamal Khashoggi "baseless", but has offered no evidence over the past seven days to show that he ever left the building.

Khashoggi went to the consulate to procure paperwork certifying that he had divorced his wife, in order to marry his fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, who is a Turkish national.

The Saudis intend to blame elements within their country's deep state, security establishment for the journalist's kidnapping, the source said.

"I have to find out what happened", Mr Trump added.

Khashoggi has been a critic of Saudi policy, especially its intervention in Yemen's brutal civil war, under the crown prince. The Turkish authorities claim he was brutally killed inside the consulate building and his body was dismembered, while the Saudi government still insists on denying the accusations claiming he left their building unharmed. Blocking further arms sales to Saudi Arabia "would be hurting us", he said. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar a year ago in a show of support after its Gulf neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

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The concerned about Khashoggi's whereabouts, Nauert said, and would like to see the Saudi government conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened to him. Saudi royal guards, intelligence officers, soldiers and an autopsy expert were part of a 15-member team from the kingdom that targeted Khashoggi, Turkish media reported Thursday. So, nobody is surprised to see that a Saudi journalist, who did not support the crown prince, would be punished in the most violent way.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Saudi Arabia to release footage of Khashoggi and prove he really did leave the building.

"Forced disappearances are cases against human rights and we are here to condemn this crime committed against a journalist", Yurtsever said.

Protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, on October 8, 2018.

Khashoggi hadn't lived in Saudi Arabia since he moved to the United States past year. There are other things we can do.

A Turkish diplomatic source confirmed the Saudi envoy was "invited" to the ministry on Sunday in Ankara and was met by deputy foreign minister Sedat Onal.

"He went in and doesn't look like he came out". Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar previous year in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

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