Turkish authorities are examining motorway cameras in the search for a black van they believe carried the body of Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week - one of six cars investigators say belonged to a Saudi hit squad thought to be behind the suspected murder of the dissident journalist.
"We are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises", he said, adding that "we will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do...."
"We agree if there was any truth to the allegations of wrongdoing by the Saudi government it would be devastating to the US-Saudi relationship and there will be a heavy price to be paid - economically and otherwise".
Friends say Khashoggi went to the consulate last Tuesday to obtain the documents he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. Khashoggi disappeared immediately afterward. We look at the media and see various reports that make us think about it.
The Saudi consulate called the claim "baseless" on Twitter.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said it was alarmed by reports Khashoggi may have been killed inside the consulate. Erdogan has said he would await the results of an investigation.
Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia a year ago saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post newspaper.
In March, the Senate narrowly failed in a bid to restrict United States support for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen over rights concerns.
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Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi embassy in Istanbul last Tuesday.
Reuters journalists toured the six-storey consulate in northern Istanbul which Khashoggi entered on Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.
In July, the United Nations human rights office called on Saudi Arabia to release all peaceful activists, including women held for campaigning against a ban on driving as it was being lifted.
"State Department senior officials have spoken with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through diplomatic channels about this matter", Pompeo reported.
The Turkish president said in a speech to members of his Justice and Development Party that he was following Khashoggi's case himself.
Khashoggi had sought assurances about his safety from friends in the U.S. before visiting the consulate and had asked Cengiz to contact Turkish authorities if he failed to emerge.
Prince Mohammed earlier denied in an interview with Bloomberg that the journalist had been inside the consulate and said Turkish authorities could search the building, which is Saudi sovereign territory.
The Washington Post chose to leave a blank space where Khashoggi's column would have been in its Friday edition in support of the missing writer. And hopefully that will sort itself out. Jamal is a Saudi citizen whose safety and security is a top priority for the Kingdom, just as is the case with any other citizen.
Hunt said he was seeking urgent answers about the fate of Khashoggi, one of the highest-profile critics of the Saudi leadership.
In a released audio snippet, he said he did not think he'd be able to ever return to his native country. Erdogan asked. "Don't you have cameras and other things?" "Deeply troubled to hear reports about Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi".