Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Turkey to search Saudi consulate in Istanbul for missing journalist on Monday

Turkey to search Saudi consulate in Istanbul for missing journalist on Monday

A Turkish diplomatic source had earlier said a joint Turkish-Saudi team would search the building - the last place Khashoggi was seen before he vanished on October 2.

Saudi Arabia warned it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the oil-rich kingdom over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as the Riyadh stock market plunged on growing investor jitters.

However, last week Trump said he was reluctant to take action, particularly on the issue of arms sales.

Rubio tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that "we can never be a voice for human rights anywhere in the world if we allow a situation like this to go forward and us do nothing about it".

"No one can deny that repercussions of these sanctions will include a Russian military base in Tabuk", he said, referring to Saudi Arabia's northwestern province located in a strategically valuable place near the Red Sea with its trade routes as well as Israel and Jordan.

But, he adds, that "cannot supersede our commitment to human rights".

The comments marked a break from the Trump administration's strenuous refusal to speculate over what happened to Khashoggi and came as the US president is under growing pressure to take action on the case of the Saudi writer, who was a contributor to The Washington Post and wrote columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Kudlow also said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be attending a Saudi conference this week to address terrorist financing, but those plans could change as details of the investigation become available.

In an overnight 60 Minutes interview, the USA leader said the consequences of Saudi Arabia being involved in Khashoggi's death would be "severe".

Trump quoted the King on Monday as saying that neither he nor his son, the crown prince, had any information about what had happened to Khashoggi.

The kingdom emphasises that it will respond to any measure against it with an even stronger measure.

In what appeared to be a coordinated response, a number of Arab countries gave their support to Saudi Arabia. Even just hinting that it won't replace the barrels lost from Iran due to US sanctions could be enough to push prices toward $100 a barrel.

Turkey searches Saudi consulate as Trump speaks of ‘rogue killers’
Turkish investigators were expected to carry out a search of the Saudi Consul General's residence in Istanbul later on Tuesday. The semiofficial Anadolu news agency said Saudi's Istanbul Consul General, Mohammed Otaibi, had left the country.

The statement was issued as worldwide concern grew over the writer who vanished on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over a week ago.

Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

Trump spoke after a personal 20-minute phone call with Saudi King Salman and as the president dispatched his secretary of state to Riyadh for a face-to-face discussion with the king.

"Defending freedom of expression and a free press and ensuring the protection of journalists are key priorities for Germany, the United Kingdom and France", the three ministers said.

"The president has called for a prompt and open investigation into the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi", department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

We encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi Government to provide a complete and detailed response.

A Saudi dissident in Quebec said on Sunday he believes the kingdom hacked his phone and listened to calls he had with Jamal Khashoggi prior to the journalist's disappearance.

The statement did not directly acknowledge Khashoggi's disappearance, which happened October 2 when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

On Friday, a source familiar with the ongoing investigation told CNN that Turkish authorities have audio and visual evidence that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. Meanwhile, American politicians are threatening to sanction individual Saudi officials if evidence links them to the writer's disappearance.

The developments follow a strained exchange between the kingdom and the U.S. on Sunday in which president Mr Trump warned there would be "severe" punishment for those responsible if Mr Khashoggi is found dead.

The kingdom's Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) lost more than 500 points, diving by seven percent in the first two hours when trading resumed after the weekend, in panic selling reminiscent of the days after the global financial crisis in 2008.

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