Post prints empty column for Saudi writer missing in Turkey

Post prints empty column for Saudi writer missing in Turkey

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the kingdom's main sovereign wealth fund (PIF) will surpass its target of increasing its financial clout to $600 billion by 2020, as part of the efforts to wean economy off oil.

Since then, reports as to his whereabouts have been conflicting.

Saudi Arabia will allow Turkey to search its consulate in Istanbul for prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for three days after entering the diplomatic mission earlier this week.

"My understanding is he entered and he got out after a few minutes or one hour", he said in an interview with Bloomberg.

"And even though the USA worked against our agenda we were able to protect our interests".

"We are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises", bin Salman told Bloomberg.

Bin Salman said that the 59-year-old writer is not inside the consulate, adding that the foreign ministry is investigating to see exactly happened at the time.

Dr Courtney Freer is a senior advisor at Gulf State Analytics and a research officer for the Kuwait Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The consulate also said on Twitter that they are working in coordination with Turkish authorities to investigate the issue.

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On Friday, the journalist's supporters gathered in front of the consulate in Istanbul to demand his release.

Press freedom groups such as Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists have expressed concern for the safety of the Saudi journalist. "We don't know whether he is alive or dead".

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia struck a private deal in September to raise oil output to cool rising prices and informed the United States before a meeting in Algiers with other producers, Reuters reported this week.

"According to the information we have, this person who is a Saudi citizen is still at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Kuwaiti side, they want to fix it today, before we continue to produce in that area", he said.

A day before entering the consulate, he told a friend that he was anxious about being kidnapped and sent back to Saudi Arabia, according to The New York Times. Here I ask the Turkish government, as any normal person would, "where" is Mr Jamal?

Saudi Arabic is now pumping about 10.7 million barrels per day and can add a further 1.3 million bpd of production "if the market needed that", Prince Mohammed said.

I really like working with him and we have achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Daesh.We have huge investments between both countries.

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump said the Saudi King would not last for two weeks in power without U.S. military support. "I won't be able to rest easy until you appear safe and sound".

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