"Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia", they said. Although his opinions had angered certain people, he said, the tensions between himself and Saudi Arabia did not amount to hate, grudges or threats.
"The Saudi journalist and commentator Turad Al Amri has been missing since November 2016".
A Turkish security source had previously told Reuters that a group of 15 Saudi nationals, including some officials, arrived in Istanbul and entered the consulate on October 2, the same day Khashoggi was there, and later left the country.
The Saudis hoped to "lure" Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia "and lay hands on him there", the source told the Post. No one has produced any such footage of Khashoggi leaving the consulate. After a positive first meeting with consular staff, who welcomed him warmly and assured him that the necessary paperwork would come through, Jamal was hardly concerned ahead of his second visit. The Sabah newspaper, which is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published names and pictures of the Saudi nationals, apparently taken at a passport control station.
The 15-man squad arrived on two private planes at Istanbul's Ataturk airport last Tuesday, returning that same day to Riyadh. The station did not cite a source for its report.
Khashoggi was also critical of the Saudi government-and he went into exile in the U.S.in 2017, fearing that he would be arrested as part of Prince Mohammad's crackdown on dissent.
The disappearance and suspected assassination of Khashoggi could mushroom into a major embarrassment for Kushner, who has trumpeted his friendship with the young Saudi leader as a game-changer in the Middle East.
Ties between Ankara and Riyadh are at a low point over Turkey's support for Qatar in that country's yearlong dispute with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. He later returned October 2 after being promised the necessary paperwork so the two could be married.
"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", Cengiz wrote.
Although the U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia became tense during Barack Obama's presidency, Trump has enjoyed a much friendlier relationship with the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS.
The Trump administration is left with an awkward lack of information about a widely respected writer who had been living in self-imposed exile in the USA for the past year after fleeing a crackdown on intellectuals and activists in Saudi Arabia.
"This is a bad situation", Trump told reporters, adding that he would like to invite Khashoggi's fiancee to the White House.
Meanwhile, Turkish television channels have run CCTV footage, which they say shows the 15 alleged Saudi officers during their time in Istanbul. It's unclear when such a search would take place.