Turkey, US vow to get to bottom of Khashoggi killing

Turkey, US vow to get to bottom of Khashoggi killing

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday that those responsible for Khashoggi's killing will not "escape justice".

Khashoggi was last seen alive entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

"The incident was very painful for all Saudis, it's a repulsive incident and no one can justify it", Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in his first comments since the journalist's murder. And the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups. "The incident is not justifiable", he said.

"Bad deal, should have never been thought of. Somebody really messed up", Trump said Tuesday.

"They had a very bad original concept".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, shortly afterwards, that the U.S. "will punish those responsible" and is revoking visas of 21 identified suspects.

The Saudis have denied accusations that the prince had a role in the grisly murder of Mr Khashoggi.

"But they will not succeed as long as there is a king named Salman and a crown prince named Mohammed bin Salman".

The men suspected of murdering the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will not be allowed to enter the UK, Theresa May has said.

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After two weeks of Saudi denials, diplomats eventually admitted Khashoggi was "mistakenly" killed during a brawl in the consulate.

The kingdom's announcement that Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" was met with global skepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct responsibility.

But in November a year ago, Hariri announced he was stepping down in a televised address from the Saudi capital, causing observers to speculate he was being held against his will. "We are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder".

An adviser to Turkey's president said Prince Mohammed had "blood on his hands" over Khashoggi, the bluntest language yet from someone linked to Erdogan. Erdogan made no reference to any audio recording.

She is expected to speak to King Salman, the head of Saudi Arabia's ruling family, later.

This came after Gina Haspel, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, paid a flying visit to Istanbul where she was given access to the findings so far of the Turkish investigation. It was not clear what was in the suitcases.

"Prime Minister Saad is staying in the kingdom for two days so I hope you don't spread rumours that he was kidnapped", he said during a panel discussion at the event.

In his interview with the Journal, Trump said that he had asked the Crown Prince multiple times about the matter. "We knew that if we wanted to tackle sustainability we needed wind in our sails". "And that means Congress, both Republicans and Democrats", Mr Trump said, adding that he would like a bipartisan recommendation.

The circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's death reaffirm the need to protect journalists and freedom of expression around the world.

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