Saudi Arabia faces 'serious consequences' if Khashoggi claims turns out to be true: UK

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team London, UK Oct 11, 2018, 06.07 PM (IST)

Britain's foreign secretary has warned Saudi Arabia of "serious consequences" in case the speculations made by Turkish officials that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul comes out to be true.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, "People who have long thought of themselves as Saudi's friends are saying this is a very, very serious matter. If these allegations are true, there will be serious consequences because our friendships and our partnerships are based on shared values".

Earlier today Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump also demanded an answer from Saudi Arabia over the sudden disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

While the Turkish President urged Saudi Arabia to release footage of the journalist, President Donald Trump demanded answers over his fate.

The Washington Post, the daily to which Khashoggi was a contributor, added to the mystery by reporting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered an operation to "lure" the critical journalist back home.

Khashoggi has not been seen since October 2 when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage. Turkish officials quoted in media have said he was killed but Riyadh denies that.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, "People who have long thought of themselves as Saudi's friends are saying this is a very, very serious matter. If these allegations are true, there will be serious consequences because our friendships and our partnerships are based on shared values".