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President Trump on Missing Saudi Journalist: ‘I Do Not Like It’

President Trump on Missing Saudi Journalist: ‘I Do Not Like It’ President Trump on Missing Saudi Journalist: ‘I Do Not Like It’
Melinda Barton | 09 October, 2018, 04:31

The Saudis praised "the brotherly Turkish government" for accepting a request to send a "security delegation of Saudi investigators" to assist in the inquiry into Khashoggi's disappearance.

Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran journalist who has been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, hasn't been seen since Tuesday, when he went into the consulate to get documents for his upcoming marriage to a Turkish woman, and apparently never came out. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying 'he has left, '" Erdogan told a news conference in Budapest.

"Do you not have cameras and everything of the sort?" Erdogan told a news conference in Budapest. "You need to prove it".

He has been asked by Turkish diplomats to be "in full co-ordination" on the matter.

The Turkish police in Istanbul has been keeping an eye on the comings and goings at the Saudi consulate since the time - according to the journalist's fiancee - Khashoggi entered the building.

FILE PHOTO: Officials leave Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 7, 2018.

On Oct. 8, Turkey also asked for permission to search the Saudi Arabian consulate.

A Turkish official told the BBC that initial investigations indicated he was murdered there. The ambassador was first summoned to the ministry on Wednesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday he still had been following developments with "good expectations" for the situation and he hoped not to "come across a situation that is undesirable".

Erdogan said that CCTV footage of entrances and exits at the consulate and the airport in Istanbul were being studied by the police.

Prince Salman's interview came a day after Trump told a crowd of supporters at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, that Saudi King Salman would not last in power unless the US provided military support for the kingdom.

The team will assist in the investigation into the disappearance of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi.

The false news reports kept circulating the next morning, before President Erdogan denied the murder claims, saying he was following up on the case himself, saying that he is hopeful for a positive outcome. This policy is just a terror policy. If the killing is confirmed, those responsible for this heinous crime must be held accountable, ' she added.

However, Khashoggi's other friend, the well-known Brotherhood leader Azzam al-Tamimi, expressed his disappointment regarding the Turkish denial and strongly criticized Erdogan for that.

The consulate rejected the claims that the journalist was killed there as "baseless", in a Twitter message.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud told Bloomberg on Friday that Khashoggi was not in the consulate, and his country is investigating. "But shouldn't we aspire to allow the marketplace of ideas to be open?" He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom, ' Hiatt said in a statement on the United States newspaper's website.

"Press in both countries face severe restrictions". And I love the King, King Salman. "He is imposing very selective justice", Khashoggi wrote in the Post previous year after he fled the kingdom, saying he feared returning home.

General Assembly President Maria Espinosa Garces is also "very concerned" about Khashoggi's disappearance, spokeswoman Monica Grayley said.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Riyadh must provide "honest answers" about the journalist.

In the September 23 interview, he called Saudi Arabia's foreign policy "narrow minded", and ridiculed its crackdown on political Islam, urging the kingdom to realign its policy to partner with Turkey, a close Qatar ally.

"It would be a major blow to the image that Saudi Arabia's advocates have so carefully tried to cultivate in the west, particularly in Washington", Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute in the United States, told AFP.