Khashoggi killers 'will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia' - Saudi FM


Trump, who in May withdraw the United States from a 2015 worldwide nuclear accord with Tehran, has strongly backed Saudi Arabia in its efforts to counter Iran's influence.

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Friday said it wanted 18 Saudis extradited over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara still had more evidence to reveal in the case.

Turkey is requesting that Saudi Arabia hand over the suspects in the killing, which the kingdom has described as a rogue operation by officials who may have exceeded their orders or authority.

Jubeir told a security summit in Bahrain that Riyadh's relations with the United States were "ironclad" amid what he described as "media hysteria" over the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, which sparked a global outcry and strained the kingdom's ties with the West.

Gruesome reports have alleged that he was killed and dismembered by a team sent from Saudi Arabia to silence the Washington Post columnist, who had criticised the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"We will overcome it", Jubeir told the defence forum.

"Failure of any nation to adhere to global norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most", he stressed.

Cengiz told Haber Turk the United States government would have to form a conscience before she would even consider making the trip following the brutal murder of her future husband.

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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel moved to quash a rare dispute between the close European allies after Macron implied on Friday that Berlin was engaging in "pure demagoguery" by halting arms sales to Riyadh.

Six officials have been fired as part of the investigation in addition to the 18 who have been detained, al-Jubeir said, without identifying them.

"So we are going through a challenging period in the Middle East but it is not more challenging than what we went through 30, 40 or 50 years ago", he said. We will hold those responsible accountable.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone against Western leader's response and said today he does not doubt Saudi Arabia's account after being reassured in a phone call with Saudi King Salman that he would make sure the guilty parties, "receive their punishment".

Turkey alleges a 15-member hit squad was sent to Istanbul to kill the journalist, a onetime Saudi insider who became an outspoken critic of Prince Mohammed in columns for The Washington Post.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, who was in Turkey earlier this week to review evidence, briefed Trump in Washington on Thursday.

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul last month, prompting a Saudi investigation that determined that Khashoggi died in a fistfight inside the building.

"Well, again, this has little to do with it, if you take a look - if they had protection inside [the synagogue], the results would have been far better", he said. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan also urged Saudi Arabia on Friday to disclose who ordered Khashoggi's murder, as well as the location of his body, heightening worldwide pressure on the kingdom to come clean on the case.