Turkey can not remain silent over Khashoggi's disappearance, Erdogan says
- Author: Tracy Klein Oct 11, 2018,
Oct 11, 2018, 22:55
The private DHA agency said the planes, which it identified as two Gulfstream jets belonging to a Riyadh-based company, landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on the day Khashoggi vanished.
Jamal Khashoggi went to the consulate last Tuesday to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, so that he could marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. Some security footage has mysteriously disappeared, according to Turkish authorities.
Turkish officials have accused Saudi officials of flying in a 15-person hit team to kill and dismember Khashoggi before flying his body out of the country within hours of his arrival at the consulate.
Everything is very clear and Turkish police as well as the Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office and security services are doing their best to put all the details of the disappearance together.
Cengiz writes in the Post op-ed, "I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".
Saudi Arabia has described the allegation as unfounded, but has offered no proof that Khashoggi left the consulate alive, nor has Turkey produced evidence that he was killed inside the diplomatic outpost.
"The worrying trend that we see is a crackdown on critical and independent journalism in Saudi and about Saudi", Robert Mahoney, Deputy Executive Director of CPJ, told CBS News' Pamela Falk.
In March, the State Department approved a $670 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia, part of a promised $110 billion in deals touted by Trump after his first presidential trip to the Saudi capital past year.
Mahoney said Khashoggi's disappearance is "designed, in a very brutal way, to send a message 'if you speak out against the Saudi government, if it could happen to him, it could happen to you"'.
"Deeply troubled to hear reports about Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi". While it has always been apparent that common values are not shared by all American allies, can we still remain partners when journalists go missing, presumed murdered?
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia on October 9 invited Turkish experts and relevant officials to visit its Istanbul consulate.
"That's how we are becoming in Saudi Arabia..."
"Forced disappearances are cases against human rights and we are here to condemn this crime committed against a journalist", Yurtsever said.
"The request that America made to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries is to be sure that if there is any loss of supply from Iran, that we will supply that". Riyadh's envoy in Ankara was first called to the ministry on Wednesday.
He told her to call an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if he did not return.