Trump says he will speak to Saudi officials about missing Saudi journalist

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Turkish authorities are examining motorway cameras in the search for a black van they believe carried the body of Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week - one of six cars investigators say belonged to a Saudi hit squad thought to be behind the suspected murder of the dissident journalist. It was not immediately clear whether the second plane, pictured here, which left Istanbul for Egypt, was also searched.

President Donald Trump and European leaders all have called on Riyadh to explain what happened to the 59-year-old journalist who has criticized the Saudi government. Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the building last week.

"In other words, he did not mind walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul because he did not believe that something bad could happen on Turkish soil", Cengiz wrote. Earlier this year, the Saudi Crown Prince slammed Turkey, stating that the country is part of a "triangle of evil" along with Iran and radical Islamic terrorist groups.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the same day called for "a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results" of the probe.

Searches of diplomatic buildings are incredibly rare - under worldwide law, the grounds of an embassy or consulate are considered to belong to the country that is represented there, not the host nation.

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Trump has instead focused on United States and Saudi shared interests in ratcheting up pressure on Iran.

The surveillance image bore a date and time stamp, as well as a Turkish caption saying that Khashoggi was arriving at the consulate. It came as Turkish newspaper Sabah published the identities of the 15 men.

Khashoggi is a Washington Post columnist and former general manager and editor-in-chief of Al Arab News Channel. But if by some miracle Khashoggi is still alive in a Saudi prison somewhere, revealing that he spoke anonymously to a foreign reporter could have enraged his captors and jeopardized his life.

Khashoggi had sought assurances about his safety from friends in the USA before visiting the consulate and had asked Cengiz to contact Turkish authorities if he failed to emerge.

But he added that diplomatic cars had been seen moving in and out.

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Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.

"Saudis wanted to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and lay hands on him there", the Post quoted a person familiar with the information as saying.

Human rights activists and friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 8, 2018.

"If reports of his death and the extraordinary circumstances leading up to it are true, this is truly shocking", Shamdasani said. The consulate insists the writer left its premises, contradicting Turkish officials. "It is [the duty] of the consulate officials", Mr Erdogan said this week. Why don't you prove it? "You have to prove it". "We are aware of the latest reports and are working urgently to establish the facts, including with the government of Saudi Arabia".

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis - while saying the Pentagon was monitoring the situation in Turkey - also underscored the necessity of USA military support for "the protection of the Saudi people". President Trump said today that he has not spoken with the Saudis about the incident, but he plans to.

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'I am concerned about that, ' Trump said.

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