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United Nations 'concern' over Khashoggi disapperance relayed to Saudis

11 October 2018

Khashoggi is a critic of the Saudi regime.

Jamal Khashoggi went to the consulate last Tuesday to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, so that he could marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

The Turkish president said in a speech to members of his Justice and Development Party that he was following Khashoggi's case himself.

Saudi Arabia, which has denied the accusations, is under huge global pressure, including from the United States and the European Union, to support a "thorough and open" probe into the journalist's disappearance.

In a phone call to Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, Jeremy Hunt warned that "friendships depend on shared values". "We have incredible people and incredible talent working on it". It is believed that this group dismembered the journalist's body and removed it.

A source told MEE the Saudis took all the hard drives from the security camera room at the consulate with them when they left the building.

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"The premises are sovereign territory, but we will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do".

Khashoggi, a Saudi writer critical of government policies, entered the consulate on October 2, reportedly to handle a routine paperwork issue, but never came out.

After several of his friends were arrested, his column was cancelled by the al-Hayat newspaper and he was allegedly warned to stop tweeting, Mr Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia for the U.S., from where he wrote opinion pieces for the Washington Post and continued to appear on Arab and Western TV channels.

"We have jobs, we have a lot of things happening in this country", Trump said.

"The Saudi consulate officials in Istanbul can't get away with [simply] saying 'he left the building.' The claimants are obligated to prove their claims".

"Jamal is a valuable person, an exemplary thinker and a courageous man who has been fighting for his principles". He's a Saudi national who once served as an adviser to the Saudi royal family but fell out of favor after he voiced criticism of the government. The Turkish private NTV television said Ankara asked for permission for its investigators to search the consulate building, but a Foreign Ministry official would not confirm the report.

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The tension between the two countries is nothing new - their mutual dislike goes back to the days of the Ottoman Empire.

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Social media users shared images of Jack Dorsey and MBS during the latter's visit to NY in 2016, reminding Jack of the current events revolving around the missing Saudi journalist and MBS' involvement in it. If a partner nation is willing to kill a reporter who criticizes the government, perhaps it is time to re-examine this not-so-special relationship.

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United Nations 'concern' over Khashoggi disapperance relayed to Saudis