Turkey plans to register Saudi consulate today

Authorities from Turkey are planning to register the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul this afternoon as part of the investigation into the missing Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish news agency Anadolu reports, citing diplomatic sources.

The registration will be made “jointly” with a Saudi delegation, adds the official Turkish agency and recalls that the decision was made after the telephone conversation last night between Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

In this conversation, Erdogan stressed the importance of a joint investigation of what happened on October 2 when the journalist disappeared during a visit to the Saudi consulate.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday asked last week for permission from the Saudi authorities to register the consulate, and on Tuesday announced that the authorization had been obtained and the site would be investigated.

However, until today, Turkish experts have not entered the consulate, and according to the Turkish pro-government newspaper Sabah, the delay is due to Riyadh only wanting to allow a visual inspection, while the Turkish team insists on using chemicals that can reveal traces of blood.

The Turkish press has spread different hypotheses according to which Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist critical of the monarchy of his country, was murdered in the consulate, to which he went for a routine procedure.

Today, a Turkish newspaper speculates that his body may have been dissolved in acid, although the rumor has also spread that it was cut up and taken from the Eurasian country in suitcases.

The Turkish government has not officially ruled on the possibility of a murder committed in the diplomatic legation and has only promised to investigate the case.

With information from EFE

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