Turkey has summoned the Saudi ambassador to request the kingdom's "full co-operation" in an investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who Turkish officials say was killed while visiting the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul.
Mr Khashoggi had been living in the USA, where he contributed articles to the Washington Post's opinion section.
The Saudis have called allegations of any involvement in his disappearance "baseless", but had no immediate comment on Turkey's announcement that it will search the consulate.
"If the search is carried out a week after the incident, everyone knows that all traces would have been cleared by now", Turkish political scientist Ahmet Kasim Han told DW. He's a Saudi national who once served as an adviser to the Saudi royal family but fell out of favor after he voiced criticism of the government.
Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia past year, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.
The U.S.is concerned about Khashoggi's whereabouts, Nauert said, and would like to see the Saudi government conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened to him.
Searches of diplomatic buildings are incredibly rare - under worldwide law, the grounds of an embassy or consulate are considered to belong to the country that is represented there, not the host nation.
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What are Turkey and Saudi Arabia saying?He has not been seen since entering the building on 2 October. By the time the Post published the blank column, there was still hope that he was being held inside the consulate and would be released. That team was sent "specifically for the murder", a person with knowledge of the Turkish investigation tells the Post. Closed-circuit TV camera feeds from the preschool opposite the rear entrance have been retrieved by Turkish intelligence, and images from outside the hotels are also being reviewed, according to people familiar with the probe. Khashoggi also is a Washington Post contributor.
"State Department senior officials have spoken with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through diplomatic channels about this matter", Pompeo reported. However, a number of closed-circuit surveillance cameras surround the area.
Another senior Turkish official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss diplomatic strategy, said Ankara hoped that Washington and the global community would take the lead in challenging Saudi Arabia over the fate of Khashoggi, a legal resident of the United States and a columnist for The Washington Post.
Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. He had been living in the United States since previous year, in self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shown little tolerance for criticism.
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva that it would be "truly shocking" if reports of his death are confirmed.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Saudis need to provide evidence to support their claim that he left the consulate.
The country has demanded Saudi Arabia prove he left, while not providing evidence to support the claim he was killed inside. She said he had been "somewhat concerned that he could be in danger" when making his first visit September 28 but had been encouraged by a "positive" first meeting with consular staff.