Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi's killing
- Author: Tracy Klein Oct 23, 2018,
Oct 23, 2018, 0:52
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said Monday that the U.S. is still seeking facts in the slaying of Jamal Khashoggi, who Saudi Arabia claims died after a fistfight with security officers in Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul. Later, the two are seen laughing as they approach an entrance to the Movenpick hotel.
Kushner said it was important to maintain the US-Saudi alliance.
"Still, Trump has offered kind words for Mohammed bin Salman, and his father, King Salman, repeating their denials that they were involved in Khashoggi's killing".
Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Khalid bin Salman, a brother of the crown prince, wrote October 8 that Khashoggi had left, and that claims the kingdom "have detained him or killed him are absolutely false, and baseless".
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Fox News that Khashoggi's killing was "a rogue operation" and that "we don't know where the body is'".
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that details of Khashoggi's killing will be revealed in a speech that Erdogan will give in parliament on Tuesday.
Altmaier told ZDF television that a joint EU position is needed "because only if all European countries agree, this will make an impression on the government in Riyadh".
Paul said that he doesn't believe that "arms should ever be seen as a jobs program", adding that the Saudis are using US arms in the war in Yemen where civilians are being killed.
Last week, Saudi Arabia said Khashoggi has been killed, and that it believed Khashoggi died in the consulate as a result of a fight. "I believe that if the criminals behind this crime do not escape justice, it will lead to great change", said Karman, in an interview with the Guardian.
The Brookings' Shadi Hamid on the Saudi's shifting explanations.
Kushner also said he has urged the crown prince "Just to be transparent, to be fully transparent".
The journalist's fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside the consulate's front entrance and raised the alarm when he didn't return, was told by a consulate guard that he may have exited the building through the back door, Khashoggi's friend Turan Kislakci told CNN.
The Khashoggi case has opened a serious new rift, with Britain, France and Germany demanding that Saudi clarify how the journalist died inside its Istanbul consulate.
The Turkish prosecutor-general has reportedly obtained sufficient evidence to charge each of the 15 suspects with murder, but he is waiting until the body is discovered before issuing his report.
Surveillance footage was aired on Monday showing a man wearing what appeared to be Jamal Khashoggi's clothes leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The journalist has relatives in Saudi Arabia and his three children who hold United States citizenship.
"The world is watching", Kushner said was his advice to Prince Mohammed.