After more than two weeks of vehemently denying Khashoggi was dead, the Saudi government on Saturday said he was killed in a fight inside its consulate in Istanbul and said the murder was not state-sanctioned.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday listed plenty of reasons why the United States shouldn't penalize Saudi Arabia for the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, further softening the ground after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded accountability for those who ordered and carried out Khashoggi's killing.
A spokesman for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party said Monday that Khashoggi's murder was "complicated" and "monstrously planned".
Erdogan said Saudi teams made explorations in the city's Belgrad Forest and the northwestern province of Yalova before murdering Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, meanwhile, said Tuesday the investigation into the killing of Khashoggi would produce the truth about what happened and that his country was committed to ensuring "that the investigation is thorough and complete and that the truth is revealed and that those responsible will be held to account".
Canada is prepared to freeze a big arms deal with Saudi Arabia if it concludes the weapons have been misused, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday, amid increasing pressure to punish Riyadh for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a news conference Tuesday said the US has identified people implicated in Khashoggi's death - "including those in the intelligence services, the royal court, the foreign ministry and other Saudi ministries" - and is working to hold them accountable.
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But U.S. officials have told NBC News that American intelligence agencies believe it's inconceivable that the crown prince had no connection to Khashoggi's death, although they lack "smoking gun" evidence of his involvement. We still do not know whether that recording actually exists.
"The European Union's reaction from now on will depend on the next steps that will be taken by Saudi authorities", Mogherini said.
"That's why we are pushing for real clear answers on this", he said in a Tuesday interview with the CBC. Mr Erdogan asked. He said that he wanted Saudi Arabia to send the suspects to Turkey for trial.
But despite his criticism of the Saudi explanation, the USA vice-president would not say on Tuesday whether the USA believes Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was involved in what happened to Khashoggi. He said multiple teams flew to Istanbul to meet Khashoggi at the diplomatic outpost and removed the hard drive from the site's surveillance system.
The Khashoggi case has caused worldwide outrage and frayed political and business ties between Western powers and USA ally Saudi Arabia, the world's No.1 oil exporter.
12 more Saudi nationals arrived in Istanbul on October 2 in two groups of three and nine on the day that Khashoggi was killed. "From now on, we expect them to uncover all those responsible for this matter from top to bottom and make them face the necessary punishments", Erdogan said.