Turkey's Erdogan Says Not Aiming To Harm Saudi Royals In Khashoggi Affair

02 December, 2018, 13:48 | Author: Donnie King
  • Theresa May wants meeting with Saudi prince to call for 'transparent' probe into killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday at the G20 summit of industrialized nations that while Turkey did not want to damage the Saudi royal family, the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been a test for the whole world. Trump administration officials on Sunday continued to stress that point and emphasised the importance of the United States' maintaining a close relationship with Saudi Arabia.

In related news, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia had agreed to renew a pact on oil production cuts, amid slumping crude prices on global markets.

Prince Mohammed apparently sent the electronic messages to aide Saud al-Qahtani, who oversaw the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi, though the report says the content of the messages isn't known.

Pompeo also said in the interview that the U.S. will continue to provide military support to the kingdom in the war in Yemen.

After initially denying the murder, Saudi Arabia has acknowledged Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate but blamed his death on a "rogue" operation.

The Trump administration's reluctance to acknowledge reports from the justice community stands in contrast to calls for a USA response from lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who demanded action for Khashoggi's death, which he called "completely abhorrent to everything the United States holds dear and stands for".




Also on the agenda were economic matters, Trudeau said, although he didn't elaborate.

Pompeo, who met in Buenos Aires with his Saudi counterpart, has backed the war as a way to counter Iran, which reportedly has ties to Yemen's Houthi rebels.

During both bilateral sessions, Trudeau discussed Khashoggi's October murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Canadian sanctions enacted on 17 Saudi nationals implicated in the killing.

He shows up in another portion of the CIA's assessment: an alleged member of the Saudi hit team that United States and Turkish officials said Qahtani oversaw, Maher Mutreb, called Qahtani from inside the consulate to inform him Khashoggi was dead, The Washington Post has previously reported. Trump issued a statement that included defence of the kingdom as a "great ally" and refusal to assign blame to the prince, saying "maybe he did and maybe he didn't" order the killing.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to the adviser who oversaw the effort to kill Jamal Khashoggi in the hours around the journalist's killing, according to a classified Central Intelligence Agency report obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

Trudeau said he also brought up the need for better answers on the killing of journalist Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ongoing imprisonment of Raif Badawi, as well as the need for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Yemen.

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