BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Ankara on Sunday that he was still hopeful about the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, amid reports that the journalist may have been killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“It is also extremely saddening that this incident took place in our country. I knew Mr. Jamal for a long time; therefore my expectations are still positive,” the Turkish president told reporters.
“There is a security investigation on the issue; there is an intelligence investigation on the issue. Specifically all the entries and exits in and out of Istanbul’s airports are under investigation,” Erdogan said.
Khashoggi went to the consulate on Tuesday to prepare documents for a forthcoming marriage. His fiancée claimed she waited outside for him for 11 hours, but he did not return. Turkish officials claim to have evidence of his murder.
According to the official Saudi news agency, an official at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul denied any wrong doing and strongly condemned the allegations. Meanwhile, a Saudi security delegation has arrived in Istanbul to assist in the investigation.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a strong critic of his country’s regime, and fled Saudi Arabia in 2017.
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