Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on Riyadh to prove its claim that Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since last week, left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, while the Washington called on Saudi Arabia to support an investigation into his disappearance.
On Sunday Turkish officials said investigators had "concrete proof" of the killing which, they said, was carried out by a 15-person Saudi team who arrived in the country last week.
"When President Trump became president, we've changed our armament strategy again for the next 10 years to put more than 60% with the United States of America", he added. "God willing, we will not face an undesired situation", he told reporters, avoiding confirming claims that the journalist was killed.
During the meeting, Ryan expressed The Post's "grave concern" about Khashoggi's disappearance, and said the news organization would view any Saudi government involvement in his disappearance as a flagrant attack on one of its journalists. But while the consulate says that Khashoggi left the premises the same day he visited, his fiancee says he never came out.
"What was explained to us is this: He was killed, make your funeral preparations", Kislakci said.
He said it comes as no surprise that Riyad is looking to quash criticism, but this case is beyond the sad but true usual jailing of journalists.
Turkish police were looking into two private aircraft which landed at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Tuesday at different times carrying 15 people of interest in the case, as well as the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped and taken aboard one of the planes, local media reported.
"As if the Saudi authorities were asleep and there was a odd silence at a time when the news of Khashoggi's disappearance was spread in the world", he noted.
Turkish investigators believe that Khashoggi, 59, was killed shortly after he entered and his body was later removed from the premises, a US official and sources close to the investigation said. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying 'he has left, '" the Turkish president added.
The Justice Ministry and the chief prosecutor in Istanbul "started an investigation and efforts are continuing", Erdogan said. "We have nothing to hide".
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He has also criticised Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen, where Riyadh leads a military coalition fighting alongside the government in its war with Iran-backed rebels.
The official quoted by SPA underlined that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the safety and well-being of all its citizens, wherever they may be, and that its authorities "are diligently following up on this matter to uncover the complete facts".
A top Senate ally of Trump warned of a "devastating" impact on the U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia if allegations are confirmed.
Turkish officials reportedly believe that those 12 Saudi officials killed Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and then transported his dead body back to Saudi Arabia.
"It's very, very sad for us that this happened in our country", the Turkish president said.
Two days before entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey, Jamal Khashoggi appeared at Middle East Monitor's conference on the legacy of the Oslo Accords in London. He served as an adviser to senior Saudi officials.
The prince emphasized Saudi Arabia is taking "extraordinary" measures to locate Khashoggi, "just as we would if it were any other Saudi citizen".
He is a high-profile critic of the crown prince.