Wednesday 20 February 2019

Turkey and Saudi Arabia to jointly inspect consulate in disappearance row

Writer Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the Istanbul building.

The entrance of the Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul (Petros Giannakouris/AP)
The entrance of the Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

By Suzan Fraser

Turkey has said an “inspection” of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is expected to take place late on Monday afternoon, nearly two weeks after Jamal Khashoggi disappeared there.

A foreign ministry official said the inspection would be a joint one carried out by Turkish and Saudi officials.

The inspection comes after the disappearance of the Saudi writer, who vanished on October 2 on a visit to the consulate.

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A bird sits by a Saudi Arabian flag on the roof of the consulate in Istanbul (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

Turkish officials fear Saudi authorities killed and dismembered Mr Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia calls the allegation “baseless”, but has yet to explain how the writer simply vanished while visiting the consulate as his fiancee stood outside waiting for him.

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