Saudis to Turkey: Search our consulate for missing WaPo columnist, dissenter

'As an individual who believes that life and death are in the hands of God, I pray to God alone for Jamal's safe return'. Erdogan has said he would await the results of an investigation.

Almost a week since Khashoggi disappeared, Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up his calls for Riyadh to explain what happened to the high-profile critic of the Saudi leadership. It would make it more hard for the two governments to come up with a face-saving story blaming Khashoggi's disappearance on some third party, on rogue elements of the Saudi security forces, or on an accident during an interrogation that went wrong. Details of the convoy were disclosed by the pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper. "Consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying 'he has left, '" Erdogan told a news conference in Budapest, where he is on an official visit. They have also not shown that Khashoggi picked up the paperwork documenting his previous divorce.

The Washington Post released on Tuesday what appears to be the last-known photograph of Khashoggi, walking into the Saudi consulate from which he apparently never left.

U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he and other lawmakers "agree if there was any truth to the allegations of wrongdoing by the Saudi government, it would be devastating to the U.S. -Saudi relationship and there will be a heavy price to be paid - economically and otherwise". They acknowledge that a "security delegation" was sent to Istanbul on Saturday but have not offered a reason for the journey.

They checked into the Mövenpick, one of the people with knowledge of the investigation said.

His disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

The countries have significant trade and investment ties and vie for influence across the region.

Neil Quilliam, a senior research fellow for the Middle East and North Africa at the Chatham House think tank, said the Saudis were sure to notice when Trump said he knew "nothing" about Khashoggi's case.

Journalists and activists gathered outside the Saudi consulate on Monday demanding information on Khashoggi's fate.

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Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, who has previously called for the USA to end support for Saudi Arabia over its war in Yemen, also expressed outrage over Khashoggi's disappearance and possible murder. Turkish officials have accused the Saudis of imprisoning or murdering him because he criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his policies related to Qatar, Iran, and political Islam.

Government sources said police believe the journalist was killed inside the consulate, claims which Riyadh dismissed as "baseless".

Turkey has an extensive system of motorway cameras that are regularly used to provide evidence in criminal probes.

Riyadh's envoy in Ankara was first called to the ministry on Wednesday.

Before Khashoggi's disappearance, U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him, according to a person familiar with the information.

"That is effectively terminating consular relations between Saudi Arabia on Turkish territory", Professor Saul said.

If that doesn't happen soon, it's clear that Britain and its allies are likely to conclude that Saudi Arabia has crossed an unacceptable line.

The worst overall mainstream offender, unsurprisingly, is New York Times opinion writer Thomas Friedman, who had been the Crown Prince's biggest cheerleader.

The United Nations human rights office voiced deep concern on Tuesday at Khashoggi's disappearance and urged Riyadh and Ankara to investigate.

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