Turkey's Erdogan urges Saudis to say who ordered Khashoggi's killing

29 October, 2018, 18:34 | Author: Emmett Rice
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Erdogan also said Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor was due in Istanbul on Sunday to meets its regional chief prosecutor.

Saudi Arabia confirmed on October 19 that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during a fight in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

The son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi has left Saudi Arabia after the kingdom revoked a travel ban, allowing him to come to the United States - the latest in the saga of the Saudi writer and dissident whose macabre killing earlier this month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul shocked the world.

The United States froze visas for all 18 who were arrested, plus three additional Saudis who belong to the intelligence service, royal court and a government ministry, the U.S. State Department said. Last week, the kingdom acknowledged that the killing was "premeditated".

He did not mention de facto Saudi ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by name at any point. I said, 'You know how to make people talk.

Erdoğan said Friday that Turkey would reveal more evidence about the killing but was not in any rush to do so, indicating that Turkish authorities will methodically increase pressure on Saudi Arabia even as the kingdom floats conflicting statements in a vain and often clumsy attempt to end the crisis.

As global pressure has grown, President Trump has promised "severe punishment" if the Saudi government - a close ally of the USA - was found to be linked to the killing. "We do. Tomorrow is another day", he said.

"Information from the Turkish side affirms that the suspects in Khashoggi's case premeditated their crime", said the statement carried by state TV.

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The prince himself has faced worldwide criticism, with many officials charging he must have known about Khashoggi's killing, allegedly by Saudi security agents, and some saying he may have ordered his death.

She said that she had not been contacted by Saudi officials and added she was unlikely to go to Saudi Arabia for a possible funeral if Khashoggi's missing body is found.

An outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Turkish media have published a series of grisly revelations about the murder.

Hatice Cengiz made the comments on Turkish television on Friday in her first interview since Khashoggi's death. Salah Khashoggi, a dual Saudi-US citizen, had been barred from leaving Saudi Arabia because of his father's criticism of the country's leadership, but this sanction was recently lifted.

Al-Jubeir said that critics should wait for Saudi Arabia to finish their investigation before blaming anybody.

On the sidelines of a Syria summit in Istanbul, the two leaders had a "relaxed exchange", the Elysee palace said, and agreed not to announce their next positions on the issue without first coordinating "at the European level".

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