Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Turkey's Erdogan Says Not Aiming To Harm Saudi Royals In Khashoggi Affair

Turkey's Erdogan Says Not Aiming To Harm Saudi Royals In Khashoggi Affair

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, will kick off on Sunday a visit to each of Mauritania and Algeria as part of his Arab tour.

The French President was caught telling Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince "you never listen to me" at a summit in Argentina.

He underlined that neither the Islamic world nor the global community would be satisfied until the revealing of all those responsible for the killing.

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The Islamist-oriented Turkish leader, who has been vying for influence in the region with Saudi Arabia, said he did "not wish to cause any damage" to the royal family.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist working for The Washington Post, was killed shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Khashoggi, an opinion writer for the Washington Post who was at one time a Saudi royal insider before becoming a critic of the leadership, was killed by lethal injection and dismembered by a group of Saudi men sent from the kingdom.

The Saudi prince is unlikely to face protests over the murder like he did in Tunisia, as demonstrations are banned in Algiers.

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"The world is certain that he ordered a awful crime against the journalist Jamal Khashoggi", they wrote.

Khashoggi's killing has put mounting pressure on Riyadh and Prince Mohammed, who Turkish officials - and reportedly the Central Intelligence Agency - have concluded was behind the critic's death.

Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder. The US president also chose not to have a formal meeting with Prince Mohammed's foremost detractor, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal reported that according to the CIA, Prince Mohammed "sent at least 11 messages to his closest adviser, who oversaw the team that killed ..."

Ould Sidi explained that Mohammed bin Salman is also "responsible for jailing countless oulemas" and "uses the Saudi judiciary apparatus to silence opposition".

Algerian and Saudi flags are pictured in Algiers ahead of the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Algeria on December 2, 2018.

Saudi Arabia, while at first denying any role in the journalist's death, has since acknowledged that he was killed inside the consulate.

At the conclusion of the summit, Saudi Arabia will join the G20 three-country committee, or troika, that includes Argentina, as the former summit host, Japan as the 2019 host.

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