Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Khashoggi affair 'won't drive wedge' btwn Saudi, Turkey

Khashoggi affair 'won't drive wedge' btwn Saudi, Turkey

Speaking publicly for the first time since Mr Khashoggi's body parts such as his face, was found in the garden of the Saudi Consul General's garden 500 metres from the Consulate building in Istanbul the slain writer entered on October 2 before he vanished, the Crown Prince said the "heinous" crime "cannot be justified".

Striking a defiant tone, Prince Mohammed told global investors at a major conference in Riyadh that the furor over Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul would not derail the kingdom's reform drive.

It has emerged that Mr Khashoggi's son has left Saudi Arabia and is on his way to the United States. Al Qahtani offered to give Khashoggi a prominent job.

President Erdogan spoke to Prince Mohammed on Wednesday and the two discussed the steps needed to bring to light all aspects of the killing of Khashoggi, a presidential source said.

Meanwhile, the UK, France, and Spain have shied away from the pressure to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia, having already resisted similar calls over allegations that the Saudi military was committing war crimes in Yemen.

After weeks of denying involvement in his disappearance, Saudi Arabia on Saturday announced that Khashoggi died in a fight inside the consulate. Turkey has dismissed Saudi efforts to blame rogue operatives and urged the kingdom to search "top to bottom" for those responsible.

The CIA's Haspel heard an audio recording of Khashoggi's death during a trip to Turkey this week, sources told Reuters.

Britain, like the United States a major weapons supplier to the kingdom, has described Riyadh's explanations for the killing as lacking credibility.

For their part, the Trump administration and the US defence industry are scrambling to save the few actual deals in a much-touted $110 billion arms package for Saudi Arabia.

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Haspel traveled to Turkey on Monday, apparently to assess information the Turks have collected on Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"They (Saudis) do such a crime with a reliance on a superpower which supports them and does not let the worldwide courts decide on any measures against them", he added.

The evidence of Turkish investigators "indicates that the suspects in the incident had committed their act with a premeditated intention", al-Mojeb said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday laid out his country's initial findings in its investigation, saying Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated".

Saudi authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the remarks by Trump and the Erdogan adviser.

"There are now those who are trying to take advantage of this painful situation to create a rift between the Kingdom and Turkey", he said.

Signaling a major pivot in its narrative, Saudi Arabia on Thursday said evidence shows that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated, an apparent effort to ease worldwide outrage over the death of a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. I believe it is painful for every human in the world. But the USA president suggested responsibility lay higher up. "He's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him".

At the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, the crown prince said Khashoggi's death was hurtful to the Saudis and the world.

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