Germany urges Saudi to clear up writer’s fate

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Germany says it is “very concerned” about the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, and is calling on Saudi Arabia to “participate fully” in clearing up reports that he may have been killed.

Khashoggi went missing over a week ago after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials allege he was killed inside the consulate.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said “the suspicion that is being talked about here is appalling, and so this disappearance must be cleared up as quickly and thoroughly as possible.”

He added that “Saudi Arabia must participate fully in clearing this up.”

Foreign ministry spokesman Rainer Breul said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas gave a similar message to the Saudi ambassador in Berlin earlier this week.