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President Donald Trump says he's been in touch at the "highest levels" of the Saudi government about the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and expressed concerns about his possible murder.

Turkish officials say he was killed by Saudi agents during the visit.

Speaking at the "The Energy Forum" in New Delhi on Monday, he said the world's third-largest oil importer did not know whether it would receive a waiver from US sanctions.

His Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside, said he never re-appeared.

Reuters said that Indian Oil would buy six million barrels of oil and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals three million barrels.

Khashoggi had fled his homeland in September previous year and had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States, where he had applied for U.S. citizenship, Cengiz said.

It was reported on Tuesday that the six cars that left the consulate, several hours after Khashoggi had entered, stopped for several hours at the nearby Saudi consul general's residence, a site that has now become a focal point of the investigation into what happened to him. He had been living in the USA state of Virginia.

The United Nations human rights office has called on Turkey and Saudi Arabia governments to investigate. The video also showed Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate. He is an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia who has dared to defy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler.

Saudi Arabia remained silent as the images, though not offering definitive proof about Khashoggi's fate, played across television networks in Turkey and around the world. President Trump needs to raise this case immediately with Saudi Arabia and Turkey and demand answers. "We expect a thorough investigation and total transparency from the Saudi authorities on what happened".

The Saudis were discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, back to the kingdom, the newspaper claims, citing a person familiar with the communications, which were intercepted before he vanished.

"The US government's tough stance raised the stakes for a more significant Iran export loss than previously foreseen", said Norbert Ruecker, head of macro and commodity research at Swiss bank Julius Baer.

Delhi is hopeful that Saudi Arabia and other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will heed USA calls for production to be boosted by one million barrels per day, as promised in June, which might help bring benchmark prices down. The paper reported the men checked into two hotels in Istanbul on October 2 and left later that day. The report added that most of the men stayed at the Wyndham Grand Hotel and Movenpick Hotel, both located close to the consulate.

Corker described his talks with Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., as "not a great conversation", and asked to show him video footage of him leaving the consulate.

Turkish sources with knowledge of the investigation told MEE they believed Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and the Turkish authorities are considering digging up the garden to see whether his remains are buried there.



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