Turkey’s president expresses concern over disappearance of Saudi journalist

Turkey's president expresses concern over disappearance of Saudi journalist 

A Turkish policeman who is on duty for security guards in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 11, 2018. EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

Ankara, Oct 11 (efe-epa).- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday told reporters he was concerned about the fate of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident journalist who disappeared from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.

The 59-year-old Saudi national has not been heard from since he entered the consulate building on Oct. 2 for some paperwork required to marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, with Turkish press claiming the journalist was either kidnapped or murdered inside.

On a flight back from Hungary, Erdogan was cited by local media as saying that Turkey could not remain silent over Khashoggi’s disappearance, stressing the authorities were investigating the case in all its dimensions.

The Turkish leader rejected commenting on allegations that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate, but admitted he was worried.

Erdogan added that United States’ President Donald Trump had also voiced his worries over the matter.

Khashoggi distanced himself from the Saudi monarchy in 2017 and lived in self-imposed exile in the US, where he began writing op-eds for the Washington Post criticizing his country’s royal institutions.