Turkey says Saudi Arabia must cooperate on Khashoggi, allow access to consulate

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia must cooperate with the investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and allow Turkish officials to enter its Istanbul consulate, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday.

Cavusoglu spoke to reporters during a visit to London, after a delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived in Turkey for a joint investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance.

“We have not yet seen cooperation on this subject and we want to see it,” Cavusoglu said during the trip to London in comments broadcast on Turkish television.

Turkey’s investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi on Oct. 2 after he entered the consulate has revealed recordings made on his Apple Watch purportedly indicating he was tortured and killed, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday. Khashoggi has been a prominent critic of Riyadh and a U.S. resident who has written columns for the Washington Post.

However, it was not clear whether data from Khashoggi’s watch could have been transmitted to his phone outside, or how investigators could have retrieved it without obtaining the watch themselves.

Technology experts say it is highly unlikely the watch could have recorded actions inside the embassy and uploaded them to an iCloud account. Most models of the watch require that it be within 30 to 50 feet (9-15 m) of the iPhone it is paired with to upload data to Apple’s iCloud, they said.

Reporting by Daren Butler; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner in Washington; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Leslie Adler

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