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Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died at Istanbul consulate

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Pablo Mccormick | 24 October, 2018, 02:32

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, in 2014. According to him, Moscow is satisfied about cooperation between Turkish investigators and Saudi diplomats. He changed his tone once again late this week, raising the prospect of sanctions against Riyadh.

Erdogan spoke after Saudi Arabia, in a statement early Saturday, finally acknowledged that 59-year-old Khashoggi had died in the consulate, though its explanation that he was killed involuntarily in a "fistfight" was met with worldwide skepticism and allegations of a cover-up created to absolve Prince Mohammed of direct responsibility.

"First, we condemn this act in the strongest terms", she said.

"Nobody has told me he's responsible", Trump said.

His disappearance and presumed death has caused an worldwide outcry and strained relations between Saudi Arabia and the West. President Trump appeared to initially accept the Saudi explanation, but US lawmakers, intelligence officials and foreign policy experts quickly accused the government in Riyadh of a coverup.

Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death was credible, Trump said, "I do".

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"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable", the president said.

Speaking during an exclusive interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that the country is now investigating Khashoggi's death and that the 18 people implicated in his slaying would be punished appropriately.

However, state television in the kingdom reported on Saturday that the journalist had died in the consulate after a fight.

"It's not possible for the Saudi administration to wiggle itself out of this crime if it's confirmed", said Numan Kurtulmus, deputy head of Turkey's Justice and Development Party.

Another Turkish ruling party official, Leyla Sahin Usta, also criticized Saudi Arabia, saying the kingdom should have given its explanation "before the situation reached this point".

The newspaper, which obtained a copy of the nine-page report, said sentiment was more negative than positive, and that the conversation was driven by three people the report identified.

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Sunday, Adel al-Jubeir said Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul nearly three weeks ago was "a awful tragedy" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known as MBS) had nothing to do with.

SPA also reported that 18 Saudi citizens have been arrested over links to Khashoggi's death.

The EU said the continuing investigation should bring "proper clarity on the circumstances of the killing and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible for it".

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On Twitter, where Qahtani had launched vitriolic attacks against those he saw as the kingdom's enemies, he thanked the Saudi government for the opportunity to serve.

"We have to see if financial motives are influencing the president", he said on ABC.

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