Turkey begins probe into Saudi journalist’s disappearance

Turkey has opened a probe to find whereabouts of a leading Saudi journalist who is missing after he went inside Saudi consulate in Istanbul four days back.

Turkey’s ruling party said it will “uncover” circumstances surrounding Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, adding that the country’s sensitivity on the issue was at the highest level.

Khashoggi, 59, a prominent contributor to Washington Post lives in a self-imposed exile in the United States. Turkey officials claim that, the journalist is still inside the consulate building.

On Friday, Turkey’s foreign ministry summoned Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Ankara over the issue.

Later that day, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman(MBS) said Saudi authorities would allow Turkey to search its consulate.

Khashoggi, who has been critical of the crown prince, entered the consulate’s premises around 1 pm Tuesday to secure paperwork in order to marry his Turkish fiancee, identified only as Hatice A.

Hatice said she waited outside after Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate and he never re-emerged.

The journalist’s disappearance is bound to strain relations between the two countries who are on the opposite sides in multination blockade of Qatar and other regional crisis.

 

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