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People wait by the entrance to a blocked road leading to the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul on Thursday. Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul insisted Thursday that Jamal Khashoggi a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post left its bui

Meanwhile, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman denied speculations that Riyadh had taken Khashoggi, stressing that Turkey could search the kingdom's Consulate in Istanbul for the journalis.

The disappearance of an outspoken Saudi critic, who was last seen walking into a Saudi consulate in Turkey, has left activists, foreign officials and friends fearing for his safety.

"Yesterday the Saudi ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry and the issue of Khashoggi was discussed", one of the sources said.

"The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the well-known Washington Post journalist, by the Saudi Arabian Consulate on October 2 at around 13.30 p.m. local time has been a matter of widespread speculation and debate", said Turan Kislakci, head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association (TAM), in a gathering outside the Istanbul consulate, demanding answers from officials.

It said the consulate was working with Turkish authorities "to uncover the circumstances" of his disappearance.

"According to the information we have, this person who is a Saudi citizen is still at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul", Ibrahim Kalin said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday Turkey believed Khashoggi was still inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, challenging the Saudi account.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the kingdom's main sovereign wealth fund (PIF) will surpass its target of increasing its financial clout to $600 billion by 2020, as part of the efforts to wean economy off oil.

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Saudi Arabia is now pumping about 10.7 million barrels a day - close to a record - and can add a further 1.3 million "if the market needs that", the prince said.

He claimed that Khashoggi had left the building not long after he entered earlier this week, alleging, "If he's in Saudi Arabia, I would know that".

Khashoggi's disappearance is not, in and of itself, surprising. All public protests are banned in the kingdom, as are political parties. Saudi Arabia is a large country with particular significance for the Islamic world.

He is well-known for his work interviewing Osama bin Laden, for his stint as deputy editor-in-chief of Arab News between 1999 and 2003, and his role as former general manager and editor-in-chief of Al Arab News Channel.

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".if you look at the United States of America, when for example they wanted to free the slaves".

In the coming days, Saudi government statements will be important in indicating what has happened to Khashoggi and whether Saudi policies towards dissidents overseas may have become more interventionist.

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