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Saudi Arabia faces 'serious consequences' if Khashoggi claims true: UK

AFP  |  London 

Britain's on Thursday warned that faces "serious consequences" if the suspicions of Turkish officials that was murdered after entering the turn out to be true.

"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," told AFP.

"We are extremely worried," he said.

Hunt said he had spoken to Saudi and had told him "how very, very concerned the is".

Britain is a close ally and trade partner of

Turkish has urged to release footage of and has demanded answers over his fate, as the kingdom faces growing pressure to provide a convincing explanation for his disappearance.

The Washington Post, the daily to which was a contributor, added to the mystery by reporting Saudi had ordered an operation to "lure" the back home.

Khashoggi has not been seen since October 2 when he went to the to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage.

Turkish officials quoted in media have said he was killed but denies that.

The mystery has captivated the world but also threatens to harm brittle Turkish-Saudi relations and hurt efforts by the to improve the image of his country with a reform drive.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 18:25 IST