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Turkey, US press Saudis to clarify destiny of lacking journalist

ISTANBUL: Turkey and america on Thursday ratcheted up the strain on Saudi Arabia to clarify how a journalist vanished after getting into its Istanbul consulate final week, with President Donald Trump declaring he “needed to discover out what occurred”.

The Washington Submit, which Khashoggi wrote for, added to the nonetheless unresolved thriller by reporting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered an operation to “lure” the crucial journalist again dwelling.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged Saudi Arabia to offer CCTV pictures to again up its account that Khashoggi had left the consulate safely, indicating he didn’t discover the present Saudi explanations adequate.

“Is it attainable there have been no digicam methods in a consulate, in an embassy?” he requested. “If a hen flew, or a fly or a mosquito appeared, the methods would seize this; they [Saudi Arabia] have essentially the most cutting-edge methods,” he was quoted as saying.

The consulate mentioned CCTV cameras weren’t working that day and dismissed the homicide claims as “baseless”.

The case can be threatening the robust relationship the Trump administration has constructed with Prince Mohammed, who needs to show the oil-rich conservative kingdom right into a hub for innovation and reform.

The 2 sides have labored collectively in confronting Iran regardless of rising concern over the prince’s marketing campaign towards dissidents, which critics say has revealed the true face of his rule.

Printed in , October 12th, 2018

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