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US needs answers on Saudi journalist: Washington Post

AFP  |  Washington 

The should "demand answers" from about the disappearance and alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi, The Post said late Sunday -- and punish the kingdom if cooperation is lacking.

Khashoggi, a contributor to the Post who has been critical of Saudi Crown Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after an appointment with Saudi officials on Tuesday at the consulate in

A source has said that police believe the was murdered -- a claim denied by

"The must now make a concerted effort to determine all the facts about Mr Khashoggi's disappearance," the Post said in an editorial, imploring to "demand answers, loud and clear."

Noting that has treated Mohammed as a "favored ally," the newspaper said the kingdom now should reciprocate with information about Khashoggi's whereabouts.

"If the crown does not respond with full cooperation, must, as a first step, suspend all military cooperation with the kingdom," the Post said.

The newspaper called on to reveal any evidence that it has about Khashoggi's alleged murder, and to "spare no avenue to investigate."

It also said that should explain the presence of about 15 Saudi nationals, some of them officials, who travelled to and were at the consulate at the same time as

"We are hoping against hope that Mr is unharmed and will soon return to his writing desk," the Post said.

"If the reports of his murder prove true, grief must be accompanied by accountability for those who carried out the murder and those who ordered it."

Khashoggi, 59, is a former government who has criticised some of Prince Mohammed's policies and Riyadh's intervention in the war in

He has lived in the since last year to avoid possible arrest, and has written a series of columns for the Post on Saudi affairs.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 10:05 IST