Turkey urges public to ignore Khashoggi case ‘leaks’ as Putin awaits investigation outcome

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the press about his trip to Saudi Arabia after meeting with US President Donald Trump. (AFP)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Turkey urges public to ignore Khashoggi case ‘leaks’ as Putin awaits investigation outcome

  • Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul says case of Jamal Khashoggi is being “thoroughly” investigated
  • Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia would wait for the outcome of that investigation

LONDON: Turkey called on the public to ignore any leaked  information in the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Al-Arabiya English reported Thursday.
Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul also said that the case of Jamal Khashoggi is being “thoroughly” investigated and “results are expected to come out soon.”

The call came after a flurry of leaks to Turkish and Western media claiming to say what happened to the Saudi journalist.

Vladimir Putin added his voice on Thursday to international calls not to rush to conclusions. The Russian president said his country would wait for the outcome of the investigation before deciding what impact it may have on Russia's relations with Saudi Arabia.
"Those who believe that there was a murder must present evidence," the russian president said. "The disappearance was a tragedy, but we need to understand what happened."
Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint team to investigate the disappearance.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saudi Arabia had assured him "they will conduct a complete, thorough investigation of all the facts."

Pompeo, who had just reported to President Donald Trump after traveling to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, told journalists that the United States would give the Kingdom "a few more days" to work on the investigation.
Trump had said he would not make any decisions about the case until Pompeo reported back from his talks in Riyadh and Ankara earlier this week.
"I told President Trump this morning we ought to give them a few more days to complete that so that we, too, have a complete understanding of the facts surrounding that, at which point we can make decisions how or if the United States should respond to the incident surrounding Mr Khashoggi," Pompeo said.
He restated the importance of Saudi Arabia as a partner to the United States and it position in the region.
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin Salman, previously addressed the “malicious leaks and grim rumors flying around about Jamal’s whereabouts and fate” last week. Prince Khalid said rumors that the “Kingdom’s authorities have detained” Khashoggi or “killed him are absolutely false, and baseless.”
Donald Trump criticized on Tuesday the rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, and warned against a rush to judge. “I think we have to find out what happened first,” he said.
After a telephone conversation with King Salman on Monday in which the US president discussed the joint investigation by the Kingdom and Turkey into Khashoggi’s disappearance, Trump said that the Saudi journalist may have been killed by “rogue killers.”


Several killed in blast in northwest Syria

Updated 24 April 2019
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Several killed in blast in northwest Syria

  • It was not clear if the cause of the blast near the market in the town of Jisr Al-Shughur was a car bomb, or a vehicle carrying explosives
  • All except one were civillians

BEIRUT: Fifteen people, all but two civilians, were killed in an explosion in the jihadist-held region of Idlib in northwest Syria on Wednesday, a war monitor said.
The cause of the blast in the town of Jisr Al-Shughur was not immediately clear, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“The explosion hit next to the market,” killing 13 civilians, including the daughter of a foreign fighter, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
“It is not known until now whether it was a car bomb, or the explosion of a car carrying explosives,” he added.
The Idlib region is under administrative control of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
But the Turkestan Islamic Party, a group of foreign jihadists from the ethnic Uighur Muslim minority, also has a large presence in Jisr Al-Shughur.
The Islamic State jihadist group has sleeper cells in the wider Idlib region.
Idlib has since September been protected from a massive regime offensive by a fragile cease-fire deal signed by Damascus ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey.
But the region of some three million people has come under increasing bombardment since HTS took full control of it in January.
On Tuesday, regime shelling killed seven civilians, including four children, in the town of Khan Sheikhun.
Increased regime shelling on Khan Sheikhun has sparked one of the largest waves of displacement since the September deal.
Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since the conflict began with the repression of anti-government protests in 2011.