The search for the missing Saudi journalist intensifies as Turkey will search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul later on Monday as part of an investigation into the disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish diplomatic source said.
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“It is expected that a search will take place towards the evening,” said the source, who asked not to be identified.
Khashoggi, a news contributor and Saudi citizen residing in the United States, vanished on October 2 after visiting the building to obtain official documents.
The source said it would be a joint search with the Saudi authorities.
The development comes after a Saudi delegation of a dozen officials arrived in Turkey while Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the weekend discussed the case in their first telephone talks on the controversy.
The two countries are at odds over what happened to Khashoggi, who has been vocally critical of some policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, especially with reference to Riyadh´s intervention in the war in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia firmly denies any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance and says he left the consulate that afternoon. Turkey has called on Saudi officials to provide evidence that he left the consulate.
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