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09 October 2018, 07:04 | Devin Moran
Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cell phone at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland in 2011
Saudi officials insist he left through one of the consulate's doors.
However, a number of closed-circuit surveillance cameras surround the area.
After leaving the consulate grounds, three cars turned left on to a main road while the remaining three turned right. Erdogan has said he would await the results of an investigation.
"I am following it up as the President of the Turkish Republic", Erdogan told reporters in Ankara on Sunday, while confirming that he had known Khashoggi for some time and considered him a friend. On Sunday, another official assessed as "high probability" that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate and his body was taken away. "We called a few other places, these are lower officials, but they said: 'We have evidence he was killed in a barbaric way, we will announce it tomorrow or the day after"'. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying: "He has left". Mr Khashoggi, 59, has more than 1.6 million Twitter followers and has written for the Washington Post opinion section.
The woman named "Khadijah" who is promoting herself as Jamal's fiancé, is not known by the family and she is not his fiancé: Motasem Khashoggi, who is representing Jamal Khashoggi's family.
Erdogan's comments were his most direct suggestion yet of potential Saudi culpability in Khashoggi's disappearance.
A team of Saudi investigators arrives in Istanbul Saturday to assist in the investigation.
Aktay said bin Salman's decision to allow the inspection of the building several days after Khashoggi's disappearance showed "contempt for Turkey".
"If this is true - that the Saudis lured a United States resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia", he tweeted Sunday.
The countries have significant trade and investment ties and vie for influence across the region.
The incident has put into sharp focus Saudi Arabia's young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's perceived crackdown on dissidents, his kingdom's delicate relationship with Turkey and Khashoggi 's influence within the royal court.
A member of the Saudi elite, he had remained in exile in the U.S. for much of the past year, from where he wrote columns for The WashingtonPost critiquing aspects of the Kingdom's reform programme.
Jamal Khashoggi went to the consulate last Tuesday to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, so that he could remarry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. Their ambassador to the United States insists that he personally had a friendly relationship with Khashoggi and remained in contact whenever both of them were in Washington. She tweeted, "Jamal was not killed and I do not believe he was killed".
"We are aware of and concerned by these reports".
Saudi Arabia has always been a pillar of USA policy in the Middle East, and while the relationship was rocky during President Obama's tenure, Trump has embraced Riyadh. All those issues have been viewed as being pushed by Prince Mohammed, who similarly has led roundups of activists, businessmen and others in the kingdom.
France said it was seeking an explanation as to how an "accomplished and esteemed" journalist had vanished.
A journalist holding a poster of missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, speaks to camera near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul. It could cause the USA and Europe to reevaluate their relationships with Saudi Arabia, and with Turkish officials so enraged by this, it could trigger a more serious response.
Members of Congress, where there has always been bipartisan skepticism about Saudi Arabia, have issued statements and tweets demanding answers from Riyadh. Sen.
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