Turkey, US press Riyadh to explain fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi consulate in Istanbul Turkey

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

He proposed the Saudi people pave the ground for transferring power to Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi King Salman's younger brother who is in exile in Britain, and form a new government based on the constitution.

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.

The president tells "Fox & Friends" that Khashoggi "went in and it doesn't look like he came out" from the consulate.

His disappearance has sparked global concerns, particularly after Turkish sources said over the weekend that authorities believed he had been killed inside the consulate.

A ministry statement said Saudi Arabia indicated it was open to cooperation.

Turkish police said that 15 Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and entered the consulate while Khashoggi was inside. He has not been seen since entering the building on 2 October.

The Turkish security establishment concluded Khashoggi's killing was directed from the top because only the most senior Saudi leaders could order an operation of such scale and complexity, the Times' source said. "There are other things we can do", he said.

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Mr Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to collect divorce papers relating to his previous marriage, leaving his fiancee with his Saudi phone on the street outside. Turkish officials quoted in media have said he was killed but Riyadh denies that. "Maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised, but somehow I tend to doubt it".

Khashoggi said in the beginning of the recording that now he lives between Istanbul and Washington.

Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday revealed the identities of what it called a "mysterious" 15-member "assassination squad" who were allegedly involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

US officials think it's possible the Crown Prince wanted Khashoggi silenced, but miscalculated the global impact his disappearance would have.The Washington Post first reported the details of the intercepts.US President Donald Trump is facing increased pressure over the Khashoggi case.

In this February 1, 2015, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain.

On his first global trip as president, Mr Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced 110 billion dollars in proposed arms sales. She also asked the Saudi government to release closed-circuit TV footage from inside the consulate to shed light on what happened to her fiancé.

Amid more reports emerging on the curious case of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, fingers were pointed toward the executives of huge U.S. companies that are becoming more close to Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in business ties.

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