Trump to discuss missing journalist with Saudis

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Mr Khashoggi, 59, has more than 1.6 million Twitter followers and has written for the Washington Post opinion section.

A friend of a prominent Saudi journalist who went missing in Istanbul said Sunday that officials told him to "make your funeral preparations" as the Washington Post contributor "was killed" at the Saudi Consulate.

Saudi Arabia, which has denied the accusations, is under vast worldwide pressure, including from the U.S. and the European Union, to support a "thorough and open" probe into the journalist's disappearance.

A Turkish police officer stands guard outside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 9, 2018.

Authorities in Istanbul believe he was murdered within the consulate walls, but the Saudi government maintains he left.

A man holds a poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest Monday organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Yasin Aktay, an official in Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) who was close to the journalist, said Khashoggi had made an appointment in advance with the consulate and called to check the documents were ready.

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Khashoggi has been one of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's most prominent critics.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Saudi officials must prove that Khashoggi had indeed left the mission.

Instead of pursuing these angles, the mainstream USA media is focussing on the minute details of Khashoggi's disappearance inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey, and giving too much space to unbelievable Saudi denials.

"We will not spare any effort to locate him, just as we would if it were any other Saudi citizen".

It is suspected that the "murder" was possibly the handiwork of Saudi agents, and that the operation was conducted in order to silence Khashoggi.

The source said the team was at the consulate that same day and later left Turkey for Saudi Arabia.

It says the journalist left the consulate shortly after arriving, while Turkey says he was not seen leaving the building. "I know what everybody else knows - nothing", Trump said. He left the country a year ago for the United States fearing retribution from the kingdom which has recently witnessed widespread crackdown on dissent.

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The U.S. State Department said it did not know what happened to Khashoggi and whether he was alive or not.

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

He added: "We trust the government and the actions taken, and all the efforts that are taken in the case of Jamal Khashoggi". "And hopefully that will sort itself out", Trump said.

He moved to the USA more than a year ago, where he continued his commentary about his country both in print and on television.

The administration has essentially told "violators of human rights and oppressive leaders, 'Go ahead, do what you need to do, we'll turn the other way, consequences won't be forthcoming, '" said Sarah Margon, Washington director of Human Rights Watch.

Mr Khashoggi was last seen visiting the consulate last week and Turkey says he may have been murdered there. "I said nothing. I didn't want to lose my job or my freedom".

"His is a voice of reasoned criticism and wise comment that the Saudi crown prince should listen to", wrote Law, who said he had known Khashoggi for 16 years.

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Khashoggi, a familiar face on political talk shows on Arab satellite television networks, had been an adviser to Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States and Britain.

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