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CORRECTION US investigators assisting Turkey in Khashoggi probe, Trump says

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Washington (dpa) - US President Donald Trump called the suspicious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi "terrible" and said US investigators were assisting Turkey in a probe of the case.

"I don‘t like it. I don‘t like it with respect to reporters. It‘s a terrible, terrible precedent," Trump told Fox News on Thursday.

Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist, has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to deal with paperwork required to marry his Turkish fiancee.

"We are being very tough and we have investigators over there working with Turkey, and frankly we‘re working with Saudi Arabia ... He went in and it doesn‘t look like he came out," Trump said.

Saudi Arabia said Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after going in and has denied an allegation lodged by Turkish authorities that he was killed inside.

The US-educated journalist has repeatedly criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for several decisions, including the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it has been in contact with the crown prince. In his interview with Fox News, the president said US-Saudi relations remained "excellent."


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