Turkey asks to search Saudi consulate for journalist

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"If Khashoggi was indeed murdered inside a diplomatic facility, it is an act of terror that echoes Russian and Chinese tactics of extraterritorial, extrajudicial attacks on dissidents, meant to intimidate any who would speak out against the Saudi government, no matter where they may be, and giving the lie to official narratives of 'reform" in Saudi Arabia, ' said Summer Lopez, PEN America's senior director of free expression programs.

Using the Washington Post platform, Mr. Khashoggi took the risky step of publicly calling out his government's continued policy blunders from the disastrous war in Yemen, the jailing of Saudi royals and business people in the Riyadh Ritz Carlton almost a year ago, the imprisonment of Saudi activists, from women's rights defenders to poets and intellectuals, to the overreaction to Canada's tweet supporting jailed Saudi human-rights activists. He entered the consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

Turan Kislakci, the head of Turkish-Arab Media Association and a friend of Khashoggi told the New York Times that he spoke to Turkish officials about the case. We think a 50-year-old issue is nearly impossible to fix in a few weeks. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying "he has left", Erdogan told a news conference in Budapest, where he is on an official visit.

Khashoggi's alleged murder - if confirmed - threatens to undermine Riyadh's already strained relations with Ankara, and the fallout could also reach the United States, a key ally, experts said.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the kingdom's main sovereign wealth fund (PIF) will surpass its target of increasing its assets to $600 billion by 2020, as part of a plan to reduce the economy's dependence on oil. "We don't need that on our border. I do not like it", he told reporters at the White House.

"What we are committed to in Saudi Arabia is to make sure there is no shortage of supply".

'If this is true - that the Saudis lured a USA resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia, ' Murphy wrote on Twitter. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who said he has been in touch with the State Department.

The statement went on to say that Saudi Arabia "routinely uses draconian laws to crack down on peaceful dissent at home, and has even arrested dissidents overseas in the past".

"The 33-year-old crown prince went on to say that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy $110 billion worth of USA weapons and signed investment deals worth billions more, some "$400 billion" in total, since Trump took office in early 2017, and described the deals as "a good achievement" for Trump.

As per trusted sources, the 33-year old heir to the Saudi Throne is determined to press ahead with the IPO even though the original timetable at Riyadh remained unfinished due to skepticism over the company's estimation and plans for Aramco to acquire a controlling stake in Saudi Arabia's largest chemical producer.

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

The hotly anticipated speech by the Turkish president was expected to shed further light on the country's investigations into the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi who hasn't been seen since he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. "It has been conveyed to him that we expect full coordination in the investigation process", the official said.

Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, 59, vanished after an appointment with Saudi officials on Tuesday.

Central to the accusations against Riyadh are the arrival of 15 Saudi officials in Istanbul last Saturday, whom Turkey alleges were responsible for Khashoggi's abduction and killing.

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