The case surrounding Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Washington Post columnist who disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, raised more concerns after mounting evidence suggested he was murdered.
In a letter, the senators said they had triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requiring the president to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for a gross human rights violation.
Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, acknowledged the case - if Saudi responsibility is confirmed - could complicate the US strategy to contain Iran, in its bid to gain influence throughout the Middle East.
Nour told Middle East Eye on Wednesday that, in the wake of the disappearence of Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, critical voices like Nour's - who also lives in Turkey - were at risk of being silenced.
Khashoggi, 59, who was once close to the Saudi royal family and has served as an adviser for senior Saudi officials, left the country a year ago to live in the U.S. in self-imposed exile, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent. The footage does not show Khashoggi himself leaving the consulate. We are going to take a serious look at it.
"Jamal has many friends in the Kingdom, including myself, and despite our differences, and his choice to go into his so called 'self-exile, ' we still maintained regular contact when he was in Washington", Khalid bin Salman added. "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody".
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.
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National security adviser John Bolton and President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner initially talked to him about Jamal Khashoggi. "They can even catch bird or a mosquito with the advanced systems they have", the president said.
United States intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Khashoggi before his disappearance.
Khashoggi, 59, was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul through the main entrance on October 2.
A human rights activist holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 9, 2018. About two hours later, a black Mercedes van with diplomatic plates leaves the consulate to the Saudi consul general's residence. The 15 men reportedly left Turkey that same evening. "The Saudi Consulate can not absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched", said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association. Under the Vienna Convention, foreign diplomatic missions are sovereign territory and a host country can not enter without permission.
Officials in Saudi Arabia did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He walked into the consulate of Saudi Arabia, his native country, without doubting he would be safe there.
"The administration is so close to Saudi Arabia", Scarborough told Ignatius.