Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor will visit Istanbul to speak with Turkish authorities as part of the investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey's president said Friday, adding that Ankara still has more evidence in the case.
Turkey alleges a 15-member hit squad was sent to Istanbul to kill the journalist, a onetime Saudi insider who became an outspoken critic of Crown Prince Mohammed in columns for The Washington Post.
"Jamal's family needs a place to be together where they feel safe to mourn their beloved one", said Randa Slim, director of conflict resolution at the Washington-based Middle East Institute, who knew the slain journalist personally.
Saudi officials have also said he was accidentally killed in a botched security operation to return him to the kingdom.
The developments came after the kingdom on October 25 cited evidence showing Khashoggi's killing was premeditated, changing its story again to try to ease global outrage over the slaying of a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
But while he has said he wants to get the bottom of the case, he has highlighted the role the Saudis play in the fight against terrorism and as a major purchaser of U.S. arms.
On Thursday, Prince Mohammed attended the first meeting of a committee aiming to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after the killing of Khashoggi, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.
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France and Germany's leaders said on Saturday they want a "coordinated" European position for restrictions on arms sales to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the French presidency.
President Donald Trump has hardened his stance on the matter in the past week, calling it the "worst cover-up in history", while at the same time emphasising Saudi Arabia's role as America's most important Arab ally and the value of U.S. arms sales to the country.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir says Jamal Khashoggi case has sparked "media hysteria" and that investigations take time.
"We never questioned the wisdom of Oman's Sultan Qaboos to contribute to Israel-Palestine issue and we wish him well in his effort", Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed said.
Al-Jubeir said that critics should wait for Saudi Arabia to finish their investigation before blaming anybody.
While these were some of the sharpest comments Mattis has made on the Khashoggi killing, he also said the two countries still needed to collaborate on stability in the region.
While he did not mention Saudi Arabia directly, he did acknowledge the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had revoked visas of those implicated.
Saudi authorities originally said Khashoggi died during a fight with officials in the consulate, and that his body was removed by an unidentified person.