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Khashoggi, who once acted as an adviser to the Saudi royal family, fled Saudi Arabia a year ago amid a crackdown on the kingdom's intellectuals and journalists.

It said Turkey's Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kiran told the ambassador that the issue "should be cleared up immediately".

Human Rights Watch urged Turkish authorities to take steps to prevent Saudi agents from forcibly returning Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, where the group says an unfair trial may await him.

"We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it's not free armament".

Turkey has said it believes Khashoggi is still inside the consulate.

Khashoggi was at the consulate to acquire paperwork regarding his divorce from his Saudi wife and to marry a Turkish woman, who was first to break the news about his disappearance.

'If Saudi authorities surreptitiously detained Khashoggi it would be yet another escalation of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman's reign of repression against peaceful dissidents and critics, ' Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at HRW, said.

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Turkey has avoided public criticism of Saudi Arabia, a regional economic power due to its oil wealth and home of Islam's two holiest shrines.

Previously an adviser to senior Saudi officials, Mr Khashoggi moved overseas after his Saudi newspaper column was cancelled and he was allegedly warned to stop tweeting his criticisms of the crown prince's policies.

Khashoggi's disappearance is not, in and of itself, surprising. In fact, President Trump chose to visit Saudi Arabia for his maiden global trip as president a year ago.

"Given the Saudi authorities' pattern of quietly detaining critical journalists, Khashoggi's failure to emerge from the Saudi consulate on the day he entered is a cause for alarm", said Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists. Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, release of political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination against the oil-rich region.

Khashoggi was known for his interviews and travels with Osama bin Laden between 1987 and 1995, including in Afghanistan, where he wrote about the battle against the Soviet occupation.

US President Donald Trump has once again humiliated Saudi Arabia by saying that the country's king "might not be there for two weeks" without Washington's support.

As others have noted, this incident will likely heighten existing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Turkey that have been reawakened in light of the GCC rift, in which Turkey has decidedly sided with Qatar, ramping up trade relations and enhancing military ties with the blockaded state.

  • Sonia Alvarado