Washington Post publishes last article written by Saudi journalist before his disappearance

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago Credit Hasan Jamali AP

President Donald Trump is set to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday to discuss Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist whose suspected murder has created a crisis that threatens the President's foreign policy priorities and is drawing attention to his potential conflicts of interest with Saudi Arabia.

Officials from a joint Turkish-Saudi team completed an investigation into the case early Thursday after searching the residence as well as the Saudi Consulate building in Istanbul.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

US officials say they are taking Khashoggi's disappearance seriously, but Trump says he has not sent the Federal Bureau of Investigation, stressing that he was not "American citizen".

In the column, Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who went into self-imposed exile in the USA over the rise of the crown prince, also discussed the practice of Middle Eastern governments blocking internet access to control tightly the information their citizens can see.

Khashoggi wrote the "ripe" hope of future freedoms felt by many during the Arab Spring of 2011, which saw popular uprisings throughout the Middle East, had been "shattered".

His demand came as he expressed support for Saudi Arabia, a long-time US ally, and said he expects its investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance would be completed by the end of the week. Now I have to accept: "That is not going to happen".

Turkish officials have said journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudis' Istanbul consulate.

Khashoggi called for the creation of an "independent worldwide forum" to allow ordinary people in the Arab world to address "the structural problems" their societies face.

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Trump has threatened the kingdom with "severe punishment" if it is shown that Khashoggi was killed inside its Istanbul mission. Surveillance footage captured him entering through the consulate's main entrance, but he was never seen leaving.

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Mr Trump denied he was trying "to cover" for Saudi Arabia.

She ended her note: "This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world".

Reports in Turkish media give gruesome details of what are said to be his final minutes.

"Here we go again with you're guilty until proven innocent", Mr Trump said.

Saudi officials have insisted Mr Khashoggi left the consulate soon afterwards and came to no harm. "They also indicated they would get this done quickly", said Pompeo.

The media industry in Saudi Arabia is strictly controlled by the government, which meant Khashoggi developed close ties to the country's leadership over the years.

He visited the consulate last Tuesday to obtain a document confirming he had divorced his ex-wife, in order to allow him to remarry.

Napolitano said Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has been applauded for some of his social reforms, but he also is alleged to have "kidnapped wealthy Saudis and had them beaten to within an inch of their lives until they turned billions in assets over to the government" in 2017.

Earlier this week, former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind called for Britain to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of a Saudi journalist.

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