"I am following the (issue) and we will inform the world whatever the outcome" of the official probe, the president told reporters in Ankara.
In an article published by Al-Jazeera this week, journalist and analyst Bill Law described Khashoggi as "a brilliant journalist with a fiercely independent mind but with sufficient pragmatism to know just how close to the red lines he could go". "I still have good thoughts. I don't believe he's been killed!" his fiancée Hatice wrote on Twitter late Saturday night.
"The entries and exits from the consulate are. all being investigated now and being followed and all departures and arrivals from the airport are all being followed and our police force is controlling them and at the same time various units of our police chasing it", he said. "We want to have the results of the investigations swiftly", he said.
Khashoggi, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Washington for the past year fearing retribution for his critical views on Saudi policies, entered the consulate on Tuesday to secure documentation for his forthcoming marriage, according to his fiancee, who waited outside. Yasin Aktay was one of the names Khashoggi gave to his fiancee to "notify" if he did not return.
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"My sense is that he has been killed".
Washington and Paris, meanwhile, said they were closely following the situation.
A statement on Sunday by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) cited a diplomatic officer who categorically denied "these baseless allegations, and expressed his doubt that they came from Turkish officials that are informed of the investigation or are authorised to comment on the issue".
The journalist was known for his vocal criticism of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman's foreign policy decisions towards Qatar, Canada, the war in Yemen, as well as his crackdown against dissenting voices in Saudi Arabia.
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Later, in 2003, he was forced to resign as editor-in-chief of the Saudi daily al Watan, after the authorities decided he had become too progressive.
The former government adviser, who turns 60 on October 13, has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since previous year to avoid possible arrest. The crown prince, in an interview with Bloomberg on Friday, offered to allow Turkish authorities to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, saying: "We have nothing to hide". Its billionaire backer was detained in the Ritz Carlton roundup overseen by Prince Mohammed in 2017.
In the September 23 interview, he called Saudi Arabia's foreign policy "narrow minded", and ridiculed its crackdown on political Islam, urging the kingdom to realign its policy to partner with Turkey, a close Qatar ally.
The source said Turkish officials were trying to identify them.
Four luxury vehicles arrived at the consulate, which was closed for a holiday, yesterday and these vehicles left after about two hours.
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Khashoggi maintained ties with Saudi elites, including those in its intelligence apparatus, and launched a satellite news channel, Al-Arab, from Bahrain in 2015 with the backing of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.