Turkey's Erdogan, Saudi crown prince discuss Khashoggi case on phone

Hannah Rogers
October 30, 2018

"And they should be in big trouble", he concluded.

Mohammed bin Salman separately said that the killing of the Washington Post columnist will not "drive a wedge" between the kingdom and Turkey.

An unnamed source told The Post two weeks ago that the audio "lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered" the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on October 23 that the United States has identified some Saudi officials responsible for killing Khashoggi and is taking action that includes revoking visas and possible sanctions.

"Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage. He s running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him".

Saudi Arabia has said his death was the result of a "rogue operation" by people acting beyond the scope of their authority, and 18 Saudis have been arrested.

When asked if he believed Mr Erdogan, President Trump said he wanted to see the facts first.

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"Neither the president nor I are happy with this situation", he added, saying that these are not the only measures that will be taken against the Saudis. "To cover up such a savagery would hurt the human conscience", he said, speaking in parliament.

On Wednesday, the king spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron while Prince Mohammed held his first call since the killing with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan also called for the suspects to be tried in Istanbul.

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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih acknowledged "these are hard days" for Saudi Arabia in an address to the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh.

Kushner said he had advised Prince Mohammed to be "transparent" about the incident.

The Saudi government has said Khashoggi died in a fist fight but Canada and other countries say Riyadh's explanation lacks credibility and are calling for a detailed investigation. He also has said the USA shouldn't cancel weapon sales to the kingdom in response to the killing of Khashoggi.

Photos of the meeting released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency showed Khashoggi's son, Salah, and one of his relatives, Sahl Ahmed Khashoggi, shaking hands with the king and the crown prince.

Trump described Erdogan's speech as "pretty rough" on Saudi Arabia.

Worldwide attention increased after Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Khashoggi died in a fight.

The kingdom's energy minister Khalid Al-Falih told state TV that 25 deals were signed, mostly with U.S. companies.

He said that Saudi Arabia did not know where the body was.

It is only recently that the government of Saudi Arabia has confirmed that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. He also demanded to be told the name of a "local co-operator" who disposed of the body.

Worldwide business leaders have pulled out from attending the summit over the killing.

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