Saudi consulate in Istanbul to be inspected

The Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP photo)

ISTANBUL — Turkey says an “inspection” of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is expected to take place late Monday afternoon, nearly two weeks after Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi disappeared there.

A Foreign Ministry official told The Associated Press on Monday that the inspection would be a joint one carried out by Turkish and Saudi officials. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.

The inspection comes after the disappearance of the Saudi writer, who vanished Oct. 2 on a visit to the consulate.

Turkish officials fear Saudi authorities killed and dismembered Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia calls the allegation “baseless,” but has yet to explain how the writer simply vanished while visiting the consulate as his fiancée stood outside waiting for him.

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