Erdogan steps up pressure on Saudis over missing journalist KhashoggiWorld | 11 Oct 2018 7:14 pm
Turkey’s president increased his pressure on Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, local media reported today.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments appear aimed at slowly intensifying the criticism while balancing the need to maintain the kingdom’s investments in Turkey and relations on other issues.
Turkish officials fear Khashoggi was killed by the Saudis after walking into the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, though they haven’t offered any evidence to support that.
The kingdom calls the allegation "baseless,” but has not offered any evidence to explain why Khashoggi simply walked out of the consulate and disappeared though his fiancée waited outside for him.
Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media as telling journalists flying with him back home from a visit to Hungary that "we cannot remain silent to such an incident.”
"How is it possible for a consulate, an embassy not to have security camera systems? Is it possible for the Saudi Arabian consulate where the incident occurred not to have camera systems?” Erdogan asked. "If a bird flew, if a mosquito appeared, these systems would catch them and (I believe) they (the Saudis) would have the most advanced of systems.”-AP