Thornberry: UK playing catch up with Trump over missing Saudi journalist

Turkish newspaper names 15 Saudis in case of missing reporter

Besides Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and senior adviser Jared Kushner - Donald Trump's son-in-law - spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about Khashoggi's disappearance.

President Donald Trump said he has talked to officials in Saudi Arabia at the highest levels about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and wants the U.S. to get to the bottom of the matter.

Two Gulfstream jets carrying 15 Saudis landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport before dawn on the day last week that journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate and vanished.

Khashoggi - a United States resident and one of the more outspoken critics of the regime of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, and Turkish officials suspect he was murdered.

"They've got some explaining to do", he said of Saudi Arabia, adding he did not wish to rush to judgment.

Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Prince Mohammed, who has led a widely publicised drive to reform the conservative Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.

On the eve of his planned marriage to a Turkish woman, he entered the consulate Tuesday and has not been seen since.

Mr Erdogan questioned whether it was "possible for there to be no camera systems" running at the building, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reports.

Meanwhile, Turkish television channels have run CCTV footage, which they say shows the 15 alleged Saudi officers during their time in Istanbul. These leaks, largely matching across Turkey's state-run media and private Erdogan-linked outlets, likely come from the country's security services as another means to pressure the kingdom over Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance.

A government source has told me President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is sounding more cautious than the leaks, because if he were to echo the allegations that Mr Khashoggi was murdered, it would mean kicking out the Saudi ambassador and consul general by now.

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While the reports provide nothing definitive, they darken the picture surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance.

"When we arrived at the consulate, he went right in", she said.

"What has been circulating in terms of supposed orders to kill Jamal (Khashoggi) are outright lies and baseless allegations against the Kingdom's government, which is committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with worldwide laws and conventions", Abdulaziz said.

This time, however, it acknowledged for the first time that Saudi Arabia was accused of killing Khashoggi.

Paul also cited Saudi Arabia's intervention in neighboring Yemen's civil war.

Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are allies of the United States. Two others flew out commercially, Sabah said.

Mr Trump said he had spoken with the Saudis about what he called a "bad situation", but he did not disclose details of his conversations.

Several sponsors and media groups have chose to pull out of this month's investment conference in Riyadh, dubbed Davos in the Desert, as a result of concerns over Khashoggi's fate. Donald Trump Vows "Severe Punishment" if Saudis Behind Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance.

"We're demanding everything", Trump said when asked if he was demanding information from the Saudis.

Khashoggi's fiancée also seems to think he could still be alive, telling CNN that "he may have been kidnapped, abducted, or some harm may have come to him".

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