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Turkish President Erdogan: Jamal Khashoggi's Death Was A 'Planned Operation'

Turkish President Erdogan: Jamal Khashoggi's Death Was A 'Planned Operation'”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that there were strong signs that the killing of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned and that he was killed in a "savage way". Turkish sources say authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the muder of the 59-year-old. After weeks of denying knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, Riyadh admitted that he had been killed in the consulate, but offered conflicting accounts as to how he died.

"We will see to it. that procedures and mechanisms are put in place to ensure that something like this can never happen again", he said.

Just days after last year's forum, the emboldened prince launched a sweeping shakedown of Saudi Arabia's wealthiest businessmen and top princes for alleged corruption, transforming the same Ritz-Carlton hotel that had earlier hosted the investment forum into a prison for the country's elite.

Ahmed is the thirty-first son of the founding king of Saudi Arabia and until Salman decided to make his son MBS the crown prince Ahmed was next in line to succeed.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman separately described as "deeply disturbing" reports that parts of Khashoggi's body have been found in Istanbul. "Jared doesn't know him well or anything", he said.

'So whilst we will be thoughtful and considered in our response, I have also been clear that if the appalling stories we are reading turn out to be true, they are fundamentally incompatible with our values and we will act accordingly'.

Sahar Zeki, an activist and a friend of slain Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, holds a picture of him, after attaching a bouquet of flowers, at the barriers blocking the road leading to the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. The agents reportedly included several senior Saudi officials and men with close ties to MBS.

The opposition left-leaning New Democrats, who will be competing for the same voters as Trudeau in 2019 elections, say Canada should not be arming the Saudis when they are attacking civilian targets in Yemen.

Pompeo said that the Turks have been "very cooperative with us", although he declined to answer a question about whether any USA officials have heard an audio recording of Khashoggi that Turkish officials reportedly have in their possession. I think he'll make peace with Israel.

The strongly worded remarks come after days of mixed messages by US President Donald Trump, who has vowed punishment but also ruled out major actions such as stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia, a longstanding US ally.

"Obviously, there's been deception and there's been lies", Trump told the Post.

Five employees from the Saudi consulate were testifying to prosecutors on Monday, Anadolu said, with 22 foreign and Turkish workers expected to give statements in total.

"As we all know these are hard days for us in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia", Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told attendees seated in an ornate hall during the opening of the conference in Riyadh.



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