Jamal Khashoggi

The UK’s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has told Saudi Arabia that Britain expects urgent answers over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a phone call to Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign secretary warned that “friendships depend on shared values”.

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Khashoggi was last seen visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, and Turkey says he may have been murdered there.

Saudi Arabia has denied the allegation.

Taking a tougher line than the Trump administration, a spokesperson for the UK’s Foreign Office said, if media reports surrounding the case were correct, the UK would treat the incident “very seriously.”

Earlier on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said he had not yet spoken to Saudi officials about the journalist’s disappearance.

In a separate development, Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz appealed to the US for help.