Turkey’s Erdogan says Khashoggi tapes given to key foreign nations
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey has given recordings comparable to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan mentioned on Saturday.
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses individuals of parliament from his AK Party (AKP) in Ankara, Turkey, October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Tumay Berkin/File Photo
Turkish assets have mentioned up to now that government have an audio recording purportedly documenting the homicide.
“We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They have listened to all the conversations in them. They know,” Erdogan mentioned.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist vital of the Saudi govt and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
Saudi officers mentioned to start with that Khashoggi had left the consulate, later announcing he died in an unplanned “rogue operation”. The kingdom’s public prosecutor, Saud al-Mojeb, has since mentioned he was once killed in a premeditated assault.
Speaking forward of his departure for France to attend commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the top of World War One, Erdogan referred to as on Saudi Arabia to determine the killer from amongst a 15-man staff that arrived in Turkey some days earlier than Khashoggi’s killing.
“There’s no need to distort this issue, they know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among these 15 people. Saudi Arabia’s government can disclose this by making these 15 people talk,” Erdogan mentioned.
Erdogan additionally accused Mojeb — who visited Istanbul to speak about the investigation together with his Turkish counterpart and make inspections within the Istanbul consulate— of refusing to cooperate, in flip delaying the inquiry.
Following a gathering on Saturday in Paris, U.S. President Donald Trump and French chief Emmanuel Macron agreed that the Saudi government wanted to shed complete mild on Khashoggi’s homicide, a French presidency supply mentioned.
They additionally agreed that the topic must now not be allowed to reason additional destabilization within the Middle East and that it would create a chance to discover a political solution to the battle in Yemen, in accordance to the legit.
Writing by way of Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by way of Hugh Lawson and Helen Popper