The official quoted by SPA underlined that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the safety and well-being of all its citizens, wherever they may be, and that its authorities "are diligently following up on this matter to uncover the complete facts". But while the consulate says that Khashoggi left the premises the same day he visited, his fiancee says he never came out.
"If he left, you have to prove it with footage".
Police had earlier confirmed that around 15 Saudis, including officials, arrived in Istanbul on two flights on Tuesday and were at the consulate at the same time as Mr. Khashoggi.
Turan Kışlakçı, the head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, told broadcaster NTV on October 7 there were unconfirmed reporters that the journalist's body was dismembered at the consulate, with each piece later allegedly being taken away separately.
"Deputy foreign minister Sedat Onal invited the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the ministry yesterday".
"We Saudis deserve better", he said. The ambassador was first summoned to the ministry on Wednesday.
"It is our humanitarian and political duty to closely follow the issue", he also noted.
"We could determine his entrance but not any exit".
"We demand the global community to pressure Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Salman to tell us exactly what happened inside the consulate ... and to tell us every detail of who was involved in this crime", Okda said. "The chief prosecutor's office is investigating the issue".
The shocking report that dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been killed in his country's consulate in Istanbul and his body secretly removed from the building is a story that the government in Riyadh isn't going to be able to ignore or dismiss with a mere denial.
Yemeni activist and 2011 victor of the Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkol Karman, said it would be an "awful crime" if the claims of his death were true.
"What was explained to us is this: He was killed, make your funeral preparations", Turan Kislakci, the head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, told the Associated Press. This policy is just a terror policy.
He added, "Saudi Arabia was there before the United States of America".
Turkish officials told Reuters over the weekend that they believed Khashoggi had been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, while a senior adviser to Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey had "concrete information" on the abduction of the Washington Post columnist.
The consulate rejected the claims that the journalist was killed there as "baseless".
"We will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do".
"They'll pay us. The problem is nobody ever asks", he added.
In November 2017, Khashoggi compared bin Salman to Russian President Vladimir Putin. And I love the King, King Salman. He is imposing very selective justice.
In a 6 March editorial in Britain's The Guardian newspaper co-authored with Robert Lacey, Khashoggi wrote: "For his domestic reform programme, the crown prince deserves praise". Defence Secretary Jim Mattis recently stated, "We support our partner Saudi Arabia's right to self-defence".
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Riyadh must provide "honest answers".
"Our country's values should be and must be a cornerstone of our foreign policy with foes and allies alike", said Graham. Khashoggi is a critic of the Saudi regime.