Trump says US working with Turkey, Saudis on journalist probe

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"State Department senior officials have spoken with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through diplomatic channels about this matter".

A Turkish official told the Reuters news agency that they fear Mr Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate in a premeditated murder and his body removed from the building.

The journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, has not been seen since October 2 after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

In his columns for the Washington Post and comments elsewhere, Khashoggi was critical of some policies of Mohammed Salman as well as Riyadh's role in the war in Yemen.

A Turkish police source told the Middle East Eye that officials believe Khashoggi was "brutally tortured, killed and cut into pieces" while inside the consulate.

Saudi officials talking to state media have said that the journalist left the consulate after his visit, denying the Turkish claims. There were no details about when the search would take place. Regardless, Khashoggi's last known whereabouts was there at around 1:14 p.m. local time last Tuesday.

Trump said he expected to have more information about what happened to Khashoggi soon.

"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".

Since the disappearance of Khashoggi, activists and journalists have gathered by the Saudi consulate in Istanbul nearly every day in the last week to rally in support of the missing writer. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying, 'He has left, '" Erdogan said Monday on a visit to Budapest. "Maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised, but somehow I tend to doubt it". They claim he left the consulate on the same day he entered it.

Khashoggi's disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meanwhile asked Saudi Arabia to provide CCTV images to back up its assertion that Khashoggi had left the consulate safely. "We want to find out what happened", Trump told the morning news program Fox & Friends.

Khashoggi, a self-exiled writer for The Washington Post, was reportedly visiting the consulate to acquire the papers to prove that he was divorced.

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.

Erdogan had said on Sunday that authorities still expect a positive outcome in Khashoggi's disappearance, noting that he is waiting for the results of investigations on the disappearance of the Saudi journalist.

Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged allies of Saudi Arabia to review their ties with its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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