Supporters of missing Saudi journalist rally for his 'release'


The paper's empty column was titled "A missing voice" and had Khashoggi's byline.

"The request that America made to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries is to be sure that if there is any loss of supply from Iran, that we will supply that", Mohammed Bin Salman, heir to the Saudi throne, said in an interview.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists also expressed concern, saying "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".

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

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An official with the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., told NPR's Jackie Northam that Khashoggi was neither in the consulate nor in custody.

A Saudi columnist remained missing as supporters rallied outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul calling for his "release" despite Riyadh's denials that he was being held there.

"Where is Jamal?" Hatice said. We didn't want to move fast with unknown investors.

'I believe, and I'm sorry if anyone misunderstands that, but President Obama, in his eight years, worked against many of our agenda - not in Saudi Arabia, but also in the Middle East, ' said MBS, as he is called.

Yemeni activist and 2011 victor of the Nobel Peace Prize Tawakkol Karman was among the demonstrators and hit out at the Saudi authorities. She told AFP she believes Khashoggi "was kidnapped in this gangster's den that is supposed to be a consulate".

'As journalists we are concerned by the fate of Jamal. "And the Turkish government must assume its role and deal with the case of Jamal Khashoggi because Turkish sovereignty has been violated", she added.

"So Saudi Arabia needs something like around 2,000 years to maybe face some dangers".

On his relations with Trump, Prince Mohammed said: "I love working with him". He moved to the United States more than a year ago, where he continued his commentary about his country both in print and on television. "I won't be able to rest easy until you appear safe and sound".