Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal's entourage.
Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said in an interview with United States television channel Fox on the same day that Prince Mohammed had no knowledge of Khashoggi's death. "Unfortunately, a huge and grave mistake was made and I assure them that those responsible will be held accountable for this".
Eighteen days after Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia acknowledged early Saturday that the 59-year-old writer has died in what it called a "fistfight" inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. They said the "hypotheses" proposed so far in the Saudi investigation need to be backed by facts to be considered credible.
Speaking to supporters on Sunday in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is seeking justice and that he will "go into detail" in a speech to ruling party members in parliament.
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In an interview with the Washington Post , Trump said that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies". Erdogan and Trump also discussed bilateral relations, the presidential press office said in a statement.
The images, which were published by CNN on Monday, show the decoy leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by the back door, wearing Mr Khashoggi's clothes, a fake beard, and glasses, in the hours after he was killed. Turkish sources say authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting Khashoggi's murder.
"I am not satisfied until we find the answer".
Central Intelligence Agency officials have listened to the audio recording that Turkey says proves Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents in the consulate, according to people briefed on the matter. "This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", Jubeirtold Fox. "But Saudi Arabia is a very responsible country, for decades we used our oil policy as a responsible economic tool and isolated it from politics", Falih said. "They made a mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi".
However, in the footage, Madani is wearing the same sneakers he had on prior to entering the consulate that do not match Khashoggi's outfit. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, believes that sanctions are good, but NOT great.
Turkish authorities nearly immediately concluded that Khashoggi was targeted by a 15-man squad of Saudi agents who killed and dismembered him in the diplomatic mission.
"Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms", Germany, Britain and France said in their joint statement yesterday. His body was then rolled in a rug and given to a local "co-operator" to dispose of. While the official report won praise from US President Donald Trump, many politicians and leaders in America and Europe questioned the official explanation that he was accidentally killed in an altercation.
"But Saturday, in an interview with The Washington Post, Trump said, "Obviously there's been deception and there's been lies". Still, he defended Saudi Arabia as an "incredible ally" and expressed hope that Mohammed was not involved.