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Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed

Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed
Melinda Barton | 09 October, 2018, 14:43

"We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are following them closely", the offcial said.

"He entered the general consulate himself, and if he has entered by himself and if he did not exit it, of course this should be proven by the general consulate", Erdogan said at a news conference in Budapest.

He said he was personally following the case but had no new evidence to table.

An examination will be carried out in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul regarding Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, Turkish Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, adding that Saudi authorities are open to cooperation. His fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, had waited outside.

On Monday Turkey asked for permission to search Saudi Arabia's consulate for Khashoggi.

The United States and other Saudi allies have taken a cautious approach toward Khashoggi's disappearance, expressing concern but refraining from any strong comments against the oil-rich kingdom.

"In addition, the Kingdom has sent a security team, with the Turkish government's approval, to work with their Turkish counterparts on the investigation".

Turkish investigators have hinted they know more about the disappearance than they have disclosed.

"Turkey is maintaining a very delicate balance in its relations with Saudi Arabia".

The countries have significant trade and investment ties and vie for influence across the region.

"Two months later, writing about the detentions of scores of Saudi royals, senior officials and businessmen accused of corruption, he said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dispensed "selective justice" and said there was "complete intolerance for even mild criticism" of the crown prince".

A former newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia and adviser to its former head of intelligence, Khashoggi left the country past year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

She said Mr Khashoggi was required to surrender his mobile phone, which is standard practice in some diplomatic missions. But if Khashoggi is dead, the Saudi government certainly had a motive to kill him.

In addition, Saudi media are claiming that the woman named "Khadijah" is "promoting herself as Jamal's fiancé", but is not known to Jamal's family and she is not his fiancé.

Turkey has yet to make any evidence public. The disappearance has shocked many in Turkey and caused alarm in some quarters of Riyadh.

Adam Austen, a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, said it was "aware of and concerned by these reports".

The organization wrote that Saudi Arabia "channels funds to media organizations all over the world" including the United Kingdom - and that the funding usually takes the form of outright donations or the buying up of thousands of subscriptions, as was the case when a struggling Lebanese TV network adopted a pro-Saudi editorial policy after taking a $2 million bailout from Riyadh.

The Foreign Office would face charges of hypocrisy if, after its outrage over the attempted assassination by Russian Federation of the former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, it remained silent over an alleged murder by the Saudi government.

France said it was seeking an explanation as to how an "accomplished and esteemed" journalist had vanished.

Turkey's state-run news agency, quoting police, has said 15 Saudi nationals arrived in Istanbul on board two planes and were inside the consulate building when Khashoggi disappeared.

State Department senior officials have spoken with Saudi Arabia through diplomatic channels about the matter, the top U.S. diplomat added. He claimed that Khashoggi had left the building not long after he entered earlier this week.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has previously said officials are welcome to conduct a search as there is nothing to hide.