Turkey and Saudi Arabia to cooperate on Khashoggi investigation

Jamal Khashoggi disappeared in Istanbul on Oct. 2. (Reuters)
Updated 12 October 2018
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Turkey and Saudi Arabia to cooperate on Khashoggi investigation

  • Turkish presidential spokesman says Ankara has accepted Saudi Arabia's offer
  • Donald Trump says the United States was working with Turkey and Saudi Arabia to help find Khashoggi

LONDON:  Turkey has accepted a proposal from Saudi Arabia to form a joint working group to investigate the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Within the framework of a close cooperation between Turkey and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and upon the suggestion of the Kingdom, a joint working team between Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be formed to investigate the case of Jamal in all its aspects,” Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told  Anadolu agency on Thursday.

Earlier, Donald Trump said the United States was working with Turkey and Saudi Arabia to help find Khashoggi, a Saudi national who had been living in the United States.

“We have investigators over there,” the US president said in a Fox News interview.

Khashoggi has been missing since Oct. 2, when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

His fiance, who was waiting outside, did not see him emerge from the building.

A security delegation consisting of Saudi investigators arrived in Istanbul on Saturday to participate in the investigations.

Saudi Arabia has strongly dismissed reports based on unnamed sources that Khashoggi was killed within the consulate.

The Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States Prince Khaled bin Salman issued a statement this week addressing the “malicious leaks and grim rumors” surrounding Khashoggi’s disappearance, Al-Arabiya reported. 

“I assure you that the reports that suggest that Jamal Khashoggi went missing in the Consulate in Istanbul or that the Kingdom’s authorities have detained him or killed him are absolutely false, and baseless,” Prince Khaled said in the statement released on Monday evening.

Later on Thursday, Trump said he saw no reason to block Saudi Arabian investments in the United States over the case.

Saudi Arabia are spending “$110 billion on military equipment and on things that create jobs ... for this country,” Trump said. “I don't like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States, because you know what they're going to do? They're going to take that money and spend it in Russia or China or someplace else.”

Meanwhile, some have accused Turkish and Qatari media of using Khashoggi’s disappearance to carry out political attacks against Saudi Arabia, and its extensive reform program.

The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash said the campaign against the Kingdom had been “fierce” and “coordinated”.

“The repercussions of the political targeting of Saudi Arabia will be dire for those who fuel it,” Gargash said.

“The success of Saudi Arabia is the first choice for the region and its people.”


Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

Updated 22 October 2018
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Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

  • King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked with the son of the late journalist on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.
King Salman expressed his deepest sympathy in a telephone call Sunday to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the 59-year-old journalist, who died in Istanbul early this month.
The crown prince also condoled with Salah Jamal Khashoggi by phone, the SPA said.
Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir earlier said that the death of Khashoggi was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of their authority.