Turkish authorities have summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Ankara over the disappearance of prominent Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he visited the kingdom's consulate in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul.
The statement by the consulate released early Thursday said its diplomats were working with "Turkish local authorities to uncover the circumstances of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi after he left the consulate building". However, Saudi Arabia insists that Khashoggi had left the consulate premises.
A Saudi official confirmed on Wednesday that Khashoggi had visited the consulate to complete paperwork, but said he had "exited shortly thereafter".
"Jamal and I have not seen eye to eye on many issues but having him go missing like this is bad", he said.
"I think they flew him overseas", she also said, according to Turkish media reports on October 4.
The Washington Post, which Khashoggi writes for, said it was "extremely concerned" about him.
Khashoggi went to the consulate to get the paperwork done for his upcoming marriage with fiancé Hatice.
"I do not know if Jamal is inside".
A U.S. state department spokesperson said they had seen the reports from Istanbul and were "seeking more information at this time".
Khashoggi's apparent detention threatens to become a flash point in relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
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Selon une source policière, les deux hommes ont été interpellés après " des outrages et des menaces ". La vidéo a été vue pas moins de 526.000 fois sur Twitter .
Khashoggi has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States, and is an established critic of the Saudi government - particularly the reform plans championed by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
"We are closely following reports of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and continue to seek information", a State Department official said.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said the Saudi's disappearance was a cause for alarm "given the Saudi authorities' pattern of quietly detaining critical journalists".
Khashoggi is a longtime Saudi journalist, foreign correspondent, editor, and columnist whose work has been controversial in the past in the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom.
Khashoggi's fiancee told AFP that there had been no news about the journalist.
He is also known for his close association with the young Osama Bin Laden, with whom he travelled extensively in Afghanistan in the 1980s during the Soviet occupation - though he publicly rejected Bin Laden's later ideologies and had lost touch with him long before the 2001 attacks on the US.
"I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice", he wrote in September 2017.
KHASHOGGI: Even when I speak to you, I feel somebody over my shoulder.
"If, as it claims, Saudi Arabia truly wishes to transition to a more open society, it will have to accept the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and freedom of the press", wrote Ravi R. Prasad, the institute's head of advocacy. Among them was economist Essam al-Zamil, a friend of Mr. Khashoggi's, who was charged this week with joining a terrorist organization, meeting with foreign diplomats and inciting protests. I have family back in Saudi Arabia.
Scores of businessmen were detained last November in Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel in a separate campaign against corruption, unnerving some foreign investors.