Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian 'shocked' over Khashoggi disappearance

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Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi national who contributed to The Washington Post and criticised policies of King Salman's son Crown Prince Mohammed, has not been seen since Oct 2, when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that one of the suspects identified by the paper was a frequent companion of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them", Trump said.

The US president, Donald Trump, on Tuesday defended Saudi Arabia in the face of mounting allegations that Riyadh was involved in the Saudi journalist's alleged killing.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Turkey, the Turkish media reported October 16.

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Khashoggi, a USA resident and leading critic of the crown prince, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "They didn't want to either, in that they want to have the opportunity to complete this investigation in a thorough way".

"However, there are some findings and they are being worked on", he said, adding that painting may have damaged some evidence.

Khashoggi, a USA resident, has not been seen in public since he entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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The case of Khashoggi, a journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, has become a major source of tension between Saudi Arabia and the West.

Saudi Arabia has denied these reports. The U.S. president has been after King Salman and OPEC to boost production to drive down high oil prices, caused in part by the coming re-imposition of oil sanctions on Iran. Turkish police believe he was killed by a special team of 15 Saudi officials, but Riyadh has dismissed the claim as "baseless".

A search was to be conducted on Tuesday of the Saudi consul's residence in Turkey, some 200 metres away from the consulate, where Khashoggi was last seen alive.

The government's tentative explanation comports with comments Mr. Trump made Monday, after speaking to Saudi King Salman: "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", the president said.

But some US lawmakers have all but accepted Turkey's version of the events, that a team of Saudi agents arrived in Istanbul and killed Khashoggi when he went to the consulate to pick up documents he needed to marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish national who waited in vain for Khashoggi to emerge from the consulate.

A report by CNN quoted two sources as saying that the Saudi side is preparing a report to acknowledge that the interrogation of Khashoggi had been meant to abduct him from Turkey, but went wrong and lead to his death.

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