Joint Turkish-Saudi team to investigate Khashoggi disappearance: Kalın

Government sources said at the weekend that police believed Khashoggi was killed by a team specially sent to Istanbul

And we have investigators over there and we're working with Turkey, and frankly we're working with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly insisted that the allegations from Turkey are "baseless" and Mr Trump has been reluctant to criticise the regime, describing their relationship as "excellent". If the journalist was indeed killed, it is a shocking escalation of Saudi repression and confidence in its ability to ride out the targeting of a widely respected figure, who lived in Washington and wrote for the Washington Post, while he was in Turkey.

Pro-government Turkish media published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi men who allegedly made a mysterious one-day trip to Istanbul on private jets on the day that Mr Khashoggi vanished at the Saudi consulate.

A Turkish source told Middle East Eye this week that Khashoggi was dragged from an office in the consulate, killed and dismembered.

On Thursday afternoon, the US State Department said the Saudi ambassador to the US is headed back to Riyadh and the US government expects him to return to Washington with information on Khashoggi's disappearance. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar past year in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha. "We want to see what's going on".

Rand Paul, another member of the committee, called for a halt on US arms sales to Saudi Arabia until Khashoggi is found alive.

"Everything that we know points to the Saudi government and yet none of us want to jump to conclusions". These leaks, largely matching across Turkey's state-run media and private Erdogan-linked outlets, likely come from the country's security services as another means to pressure the kingdom over Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance.

Donald Trump, the USA president, said he had raised Mr Khashoggi's case with Saudi Arabia "at the highest level" and a few times in recent days.

The crown prince ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from the United States and then detain him, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing us intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday evening that U.S. intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Mr Khashoggi.

Reports about the USA appointing investigator over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are untrue, said Turkish diplomatic sources on Thursday.

The Washington Post printed a blank column in its newspaper on October 5, in solidarity with Khashoggi titled "A missing voice" and called on Crown Prince Salman to ensure he "is free and able to continue his work".

Hunt said he had spoken to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and had told him "how very, very concerned the United Kingdom is". U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is now scheduled to attend the event.

Trump expressed reservations about withholding arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

"We request that you make a determination on the imposition of sanctions pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act", they added.

Graham said that if the Saudi's are implicated the United States will need to take a "firm stand".

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published write-ups that were critical of the Saudi government. Reporter 2: "You had mentioned that you spoke with King Salman, so, I mean-"President Donald Trump: "Well, I do anyway, and I've always found him to be a fine man". Yet Jamal did not think the Saudis could force him to stay at the consulate in Turkey, even if they wanted to arrest him. According to the images, a vehicle that went inside the consulate was then driven to the consul-general's residence nearby, around two hours after Mr Khashoggi had gone in.