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This reaction, as well as the circulation over Twitter of news stories about the murders of a Kuwaiti businessman and the leader of an Iranian opposition television channel, aim to portray Turkey as a lawless, Islamist-led country - and Khashoggi's disappearance as a effect of that environment, rather than part of a Saudi plot.

The agreement came after Turkey's strongman leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded that the Saudis prove that Khashoggi left the consulate alive.

The Committee to Protect Journalists Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney said in a statement that that the group was "alarmed" by the reports that Khashoggi may have been killed inside the consulate.

He added, "we will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do ..."

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later called on the Saudi government to support a "thorough investigation" into the matter.

Turkey's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador over the issue. "Jamal is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him", consul-general Mohammad al-Otaiba told Reuters.

Officials believe that a team of 15 Saudis arrived on Tuesday to conduct the killing, then left the country soon afterwards.

A Turkish official said the Saudi ambassador met with Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal on Sunday at the ministry.

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Erdogan said police are looking at surveillance video of the consulate's entrances and exits, as well as at the Istanbul airport.

A top Senate ally of Trump warned of a "devastating" impact on the U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia if allegations are confirmed.

A friend of a Saudi journalist who went missing in Istanbul said officials told him to "make your funeral preparations" as he claimed the Washington Post contributor was killed at the Saudi consulate. Turkish officials claim Khashoggi was killed inside the building, but Saudi Arabia denies the allegations.

Mr Khashoggi had been living since past year in the United States, in a self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman. Turkish police quickly said he never left the building as there was no security footage on his departure. He said that The Post was committed to discovering the truth and that if the investigation showed any Saudi government involvement, the news organization would view it as a flagrant attack on one of its journalists.

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", Cengiz wrote.

On Sunday, Khashoggi's family in Saudi Arabia appeared to distance themselves from media reports of his death, saying in a statement to the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel: "We trust the government and the actions taken by it and all the efforts being made in the case of Jamal Khashoggi".

Under direction from the crown prince, Saudi authorities have carried out hundreds of arrests under the banner of national security, rounding up clerics, business executives and even women's rights advocates. While the Guardian did run a column about Khashoggi on its front page, some Twitter users noted that it seemed like the newspaper was trying to downplay the story by not making it the main focus.

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