By Kareem Fahim and
A security member looks out of the doors of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 15, 2018. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)
October 15 at 7:06 AM
ISTANBUL — Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow Turkish investigators to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Monday, 13 days after Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, vanished after entering the mission, three Turkish officials said.
Two of the officials said the search could take place as early as Monday afternoon. Turkey had publicly scolded the Saudi government for refusing repeated requests to search the consulate, where Turkish investigators believe Khashoggi was killed, and then dismembered, by Saudi agents.
Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied any knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts. The agreement for a search of the consulate came a day after Saudi leader King Salman called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, thanking him for welcoming the kingdom’s proposal to set up a “joint working group” to probe Khashoggi’s disappearance, a Saudi statement said.
Khashoggi, who had lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for the past year, had written columns in The Washington Post criticizing the Saudi leadership. He had visited the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2 to obtain documents related to his upcoming wedding, his fiancee said.