Salman-Erdogan Phone Call, Stress Working Group Into Khashoggi Disappearance

Published October 15th, 2018 - 06:53 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Saudi King. (AFP/File)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Saudi King. (AFP/File)

In a Sunday night phone call, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz discussed the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Erdogan stressed forming a joint working group to probe the case, said a Turkish presidential source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, has gone missing since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

On that same day 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the building while Khashoggi was also inside, Turkish police sources said. All of the identified individuals have since left Turkey.

Saudi authorities have yet to give a clear explanation of Khashoggi’s fate, while several countries -- particularly Turkey, the U.S., and the U.K -- are pressing for the case to be cleared up as soon as possible.

*Update: New information proves the involvement of third parties in the case of #JamalKhashoggi to create a fabricated case against Saudi Arabia to pressure it unfairly.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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