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Saudis to allow Turkish investigators to search consulate

 Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow Turkish investigators to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Monday, 13 days after Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, vanished upon entering the mission, three Turkish officials said.     
Two of the officials said the search could take place as early as Monday afternoon. Turkey had publicly scolded the Saudi government for refusing repeated requests to search the consulate, where Turkish investigators believe Khashoggi was killed, and then dismembered, by Saudi agents.    
Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied any knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts. The agreement for a search of the consulate came a day after Saudi leader King Salman called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, thanking him for welcoming the kingdom’s proposal to set up a “joint working group” to probe Khashoggi’s disappearance, a Saudi statement said.
Khashoggi had lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for the past year, and during that time, written columns in The Washington Post criticizing the Saudi leadership. He had visited the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2 to obtain documents related to his upcoming wedding, but was never seen leaving.
The Saudi government has faced intense pressure to reveal his fate, as Turkish officials have released details of their investigation, including video that suggests a team of Saudi agents was dispatched to Istanbul to either capture Khashoggi or kill him.


The Turkish government has also told the Trump administration that it possesses audio recordings of what occurred inside the consulate that day — evidence that U.S. officials said supports the conclusion that Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and then murdered. 
U.S. officials have also said that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia back to Saudi Arabia and then to detain him, according to U.S. intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plot.      
As part of a growing international backlash against the Saudi government, some prominent business leaders and companies have said they will no longer attend a high-profile investment conference that is scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia later this month.   President Trump has warned that Saudi Arabia would face “severe punishment” if it was found to have killed Khashoggi, and on Sunday, Britain, France and Germany released a joint statement expressing “grave concern” about Khashoggi’s case and calling for a “credible investigation.”
A defiant Saudi statement on Sunday said the kingdom rejected an “threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations.”
source ; https://www.washingtonpost.com/
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