Turkey's foreign ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador for consultations over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkish sources said on Thursday.
Khashoggi, a critic of Riyadh's foreign policy and its crackdown on dissent, left Saudi Arabia past year saying he feared retribution for his views.
"Efforts are being made to clarify allegations about Khashoggi".
What do Saudi Arabia and Turkey say?
In a statement, the Saudi consulate said it was cooperating with Turkish authorities to "uncover the circumstances" of Khashoggi's "disappearance". "And with other OPEC countries and non-OPEC countries we believe we have more than that, a little bit more than that", he said. His friends said police officers reviewed video surveillance in the area and didn't Khashoggi leave the embassy.
Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia struck a private deal in September to raise oil output to cool rising prices and informed the United States before a meeting in Algiers with other producers, Reuters reported this week.
The State Department has also requested information about Khashoggi's disappearance. He went into self-imposed exile in the United States following the ascension of Prince Mohammed, now next in line to succeed his father, the 82-year-old King Salman.
Khashoggi has been missing since he entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul after midday on Tuesday.
Notably, Khashoggi would not be the only Gulf national to have been arrested overseas to be returned to the kingdom, and other incidents have been far more public.
In January 2016, Saudi authorities executed Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, an outspoken critic of the policies of the Riyadh regime.
Suspicions about Riyadh's involvement in the disappearance are heightened by a number of similar incidents, including the surprise resignation of the Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, previous year while he was visiting Saudi Arabia.
".if you look at the United States of America, when for example they wanted to free the slaves".
He has 1.6 million followers on Twitter and has the benefit of having once had intimate access both to the ruling family and to Osama bin Laden at different times in his life.
In 2016 the Middle East Eye reported that Khashoggi had been blacklisted by Saudi authorities and was no longer permitted to be published or appear on television for the crime of "criticising US President-elect Donald Trump".
As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving.