President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he was closely following the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believed he had been killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
He said the consulate was equipped with cameras but they did not record footage, so no images could be retrieved of Khashoggi entering or leaving the consulate, which is ringed by police barriers and has high security fences topped with barbed wire. Their ambassador to the USA insists that he personally had a friendly relationship with Khashoggi and remained in contact whenever both of them were in Washington.
Khashoggi, former general manager of the Al Arab Media Group and columnist for the Washington Post, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he has been living in exile since 2017.
"We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation", Pompeo said in a statement. "I do not like it", Trump told reporters at the White House.
Saudi Arabia has called the allegations that it killed 59-year-old Khashoggi "baseless" but has offered no evidence over the past seven days to show that he ever left the building. The longer the crisis continues, the more biased Al-Jazeera gets, he said. "We hear the rumors about what happened", Saudi Crown Prince and de facto ruler Mohammed Bin Salman, known in the West as MBS, told Bloomberg News in an extensive interview.
In March, the Senate narrowly failed in a bid to restrict U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen over rights concerns.
It is suspected that the "murder" was possibly the handiwork of Saudi agents, and that the operation was conducted in order to silence Khashoggi. He added that Saudi Arabia's agreeing to Turkey's request to search the consulate would "at best reduce tensions between the two countries".
But since the emergence of Prince Mohammed, 33, as the center of power in the kingdom previous year, Khashoggi has been openly critical of the monarchy. This was not his first visit to the Consulate in Istanbul, as he regularly came to the Consulate (as well as the Embassy in Washington) in the last few months for citizen services.
It is well-known that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have, of late, been involved in a fierce competition to gain supremacy in the Middle East and Gulf region. She accused Saudi Arabia of "state terrorism" and called on the worldwide community to take action against the kingdom. Khashoggi was driven from there to Riyadh, and was held there, the source said. The consulate has also denied that Khashoggi was abducted. Donald Trump commented on the disappearance in his press conference yesterday, saying "I do nor like it" and expressing hope that the issue will "sort itself out".
"What we do care about is Jamal's wellbeing, and revealing the truth about what occurred".
A statement from Turkish spokesman Hami Aksoy said Saudi authorities were "open to cooperation" and had stated their willingness to cooperate and would allow an examination of the consulate grounds.
The two countries have such an obligation under both criminal law and global human rights law, she said.
The administration has essentially told "violators of human rights and oppressive leaders, 'Go ahead, do what you need to do, we'll turn the other way, consequences won't be forthcoming, '" said Sarah Margon, Washington director of Human Rights Watch. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted, "I pray Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is alive".
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Riyadh must provide "honest answers" to the claims that he was murdered.