Intel: How Saudi journalist's disappearance is becoming United States election issue

Intel: How Saudi journalist's disappearance is becoming United States election issue

Reports of Jamal Khashoggi being detained and killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are "absolutely false and baseless", said Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States said in a statement. The Saudi government has denied any involvement and said Khashoggi left the consulate alive.

A journalist is believed dead after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Saudi Arabia has agreed to let Turkish officials search its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, after the mysterious disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi a week ago.

Tuesday's statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Hami Aksoy, said Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they were "open to co-operation" and would allow the consulate building to be searched. The fact that Khashoggi is a columnist for the Washington Post, which Trump consistently attacks, may have made it even less likely that Trump would make it clear he was concerned about the disappearance.

Turkey reportedly says it is scouring road cameras for a black van believed to have carried Mr Khashoggi's body from the consulate, while the Washington Post released CCTV footage of the journalist entering the building on Monday.

Khashoggi had sought assurances about his safety from friends in the U.S. before visiting the consulate and had asked Cengiz to contact Turkish authorities if he failed to emerge.

Mr Trump himself said he was concerned, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged a thorough investigation with transparent findings about the fate of Mr Khashoggi, whom Saudi officials insist left the consulate in Istanbul.

A Sunni power, Saudi Arabia is also annoyed by Ankara's rapprochement with the kingdom's Shiite archrival, Iran.

An April 2014 report from the Saudi-owned daily al-Sharq al-Awsat shared by social media users lists Abahuseyin as a lieutenant-colonel and assistant operations officer in the Saudi civil defence. Why don't you prove it?

In an essay in the Washington Post, Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, implored U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania to "help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, said claims Khashoggi had been killed or detained by Saudi authorities were 'absolutely false, and baseless, ' according to a statement provided to CNN.

United Nations spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the "apparent enforced disappearance" of Khashoggi is a matter of "deep concern" to the human rights office in a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday.

Allegations have since swirled over the whereabouts of Khashoggi, who is a well-known critic of the Saudi government and lives in exile.

Flight records show that a Gulf Stream IV private jet, tail number HZ-SK2, landed in Istanbul at 3am on October 2, the day Khashoggi disappeared.

Turkish authorities have claimed they have surveillance camera video of Khashoggi entering the consulate but never leaving. "It is (the duty) of the consulate officials", Mr Erdogan said during a visit to Hungary.

Silence will not serve the long-term interests of either the prince or the Saudi kingdom.

"See, when I hear about an arrest of my friend who did nothing that worth to be arrested make me feel that I should not go home". But he tempered his comments, saying: "Hopefully that will sort itself out. I don't like hearing about it", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva that it would be "truly shocking" if reports of his death are confirmed. Right now. I know what everybody else knows.

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